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Section Six

  • Ivo Kamps
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Abstract

Jan Huyghen van Linschoten’s Itinerario, Voyage qfte Schipvaert van Jan Huygen van Linschoten naer Oost qfte Portingaels … was first published in Dutch in 1596 in Amsterdam by Cornelis Claeszoon. Born to an innkeeper and his wife in the Dutch town of Enkhuizen in 1562 or 1563, van Linschoten traveled to Portugal in 1579, and from there, in the employ of Portuguese Archbishop Joao Vin-cente da Fonseca, to Goa, India, where he arrived in September of 1583 after some six months at sea. In Goa, van Linschoten committed to paper most of the materials that make up the Itinerario. It is assumed, however, that he made substantial revisions between the date of his return to Holland in 1592 and publication in 1596. It is certain that van Linschoten was aided in this process by the Dutch scholar and physician Bernardus Paludanus (Barent ten Broecke), who had befriended van Linschoten and who had himself journeyed to the Levant. Van Linschoten’s voyages were limited to the East and the north, and the materials in the Itinerario dealing with Africa and the Western Hemisphere were based on sources other than his personal experience. The first edition of the Itinerario includes 36 plates based on drawings made by van Linschoten himself.

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