The History of the New World: Benzoni's Historia del Mondo Nuovo by Girolamo BenzoniThe History of the New World: Benzoni's Historia del Mondo Nuovo by Girolamo Benzoni

The History of the New World: Benzoni's Historia del Mondo Nuovo

byGirolamo BenzoniTranslated byJana ByarsEditorRobert C. Schwaller

Paperback | January 3, 2017

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The History of the New World is an abridged, unique English translation of sixteenth-century Italian merchant Girolamo Benzoni’s popular account of his adventures in the Americas and the Spanish colonies.

First published in Venice in 1565, Benzoni’s book was an immediate best seller and available in at least five languages before the end of the century. It spanned the years 1541–56, providing detailed descriptions of native flora and fauna, exciting narration of harrowing exploits, and a surprisingly critical perspective on the expanding Spanish Empire’s methods of conquest and governance, in which Benzoni highlighted the struggles of indigenous peoples. This edition follows the three-book structure of the original account but focuses on Benzoni’s own experiences, omitting episodes to which he was not a witness and excising repetition and hyperbolic hearsay.

The first English-language version published since 1847, this volume includes an informative introduction and annotations that situate Benzoni and his fascinating writings in the larger context of Spanish colonial conquest. Perfect for classroom use, this is a lively, vivid firsthand account of the adventure and wonder of the New World.

Jana Byars is Assistant Professor of History at Iowa State University.Robert C. Schwaller is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Kansas and the author of Géneros de Gente in Early Colonial Mexico: Defining Racial Difference. Jana Byars is Assistant Professor of History at Iowa State University. Robert C. Schwaller is A...
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Title:The History of the New World: Benzoni's Historia del Mondo NuovoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.35 inPublished:January 3, 2017Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271077573

ISBN - 13:9780271077574

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

The History of the New World

Book I

Book II

Book III

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“Jana Byars and Robert Schwaller’s highly accessible edited translation of Benzoni’s adventures will be a valuable vehicle for teaching the early history of the New World. Benzoni’s references to crucial themes in colonial history and his unsubtle discourse regarding the Spanish conquests will certainly stimulate classroom discussions ranging from the Black Legend debate to the usefulness and pitfalls of firsthand travel accounts. This new edition will add yet another indispensable primary document to our collection of historical references for Anglophone students.”—Renée Soulodre-La France, author of Región e imperio: El Tolima Grande y las Reformas Borbónicas en el siglo XVIII