Aside from the annotations which are often trivial and as partial as the book itself, the English translation, “History of the New World by Girolamo Benzoni”. The Milanese Benzoni journeyed to the New World in , visiting the Antilles, Central America, the west coast of South America, and Guatemala. His Historia. The Milanese Girolamo Benzoni published his Historia del mondo nuovo in fact that Benzoni reveals himself in his text as an unmistakable opponent of the.

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Catholic Online on Facebook Catholic social network. His use of the term is equivalent to the modern use of black. He spent fifteen years in the territories conquered and being exploited by the Spaniards, travelling widely through the West Indies, Central America and South America, and visiting: We are given glimpses of unexplored frontiers and bustling port cities, giroolamo jungles and burgeoning plantations, unconquered Indians and rebellious African slaves.

The marriage of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabel of Castile in set the stage for the unification of Spain. Consequently, these two paths of expansion skipped over many areas.

As governors, adelantados were allowed to appoint other officials, grant lands, and collect taxes. Anglophones had access to a bit of Benzoni from the early seventeenth century on. Search Search the Catholic Encyclopedia. Over time, the Spanish monarchs worked to replace conquistador-governors with officials of their choosing.

Benzoni and the Early Modern Travel Narrative Most of the very little we know for certain about Benzoni comes from his first line: Spanish expansion did not merely seek new territory. He had to stay in Havana for several miserable months waiting for a vessel strong enough, and weather good giroalmo, to carry him home.


The History of the New World

The patterns of conquest and exploitation that began in the Caribbean expanded to the mainland. It contains interesting details about the countries he visited, but abounds in errors and often in intentional misstatements.

What authority did you use to make war against them who lived at peace on their territories, killing them cruelly with methods never before heard of? It does not notice mitigating circumstances, and ignores what is good when it does not suit the author.

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Retrieved from ” https: Benzoni used signori, an Italian title of respect for men equivalent to the English gentlemento refer to indigenous rulers. In some areas, like Mesoamerica and the Andes, Native Americans practiced agriculture and lived in large urban settlements.

This page was last edited on 26 Juneat English translations, for example, appeared in,and He returned to Spain and thence to Italy, in The Greeks told a tale of Hercules stealing the belt of Hippolyte, the Amazon queen, in a distant land. The sensational atrocities of the Spanish certainly contributed to the monumental sales of Benzoni and Las Casas, and their firsthand accounts of the mistreatment of Indians probably fed antislavery girolako.

From Peru, conquests expanded south into Chile and north into Ecuador and Colombia In imposing the burdens of tribute and forced labor, the Spanish frequently exempted indigenous elites, especially caciques local rulers. Translated Christianities Mark Z.

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This practice helped to forge ties between the indigenous elites and the Spanish, ties that were sometimes furthered through marriage when conquistadors married the daughters of caciques.

What Benzoni states about the Antilles is a clumsy rehash of Las Casas. Girolamo Benzoni born at Milan about ; died after in Spain was an Italian conquistador and merchant who wrote a popular account of his travels. This wonder, as Greenblatt characterizes it, involved not only a desire to possess and understand but also more than a hint of terror and horror. The book languished for about a century, until the appearance of a new French translation in Benzoni was translated into Dutch in Urban Chauveton translated it into Latin; this edition was published in Geneva by Eustathium Vignon in An edition by Admiral W.


Advertise on Catholic Online Your ads on catholic. Since there was controversy at the time, concerning treatment of Native Americansa work by someone who had both spent 15 years in the New World and was willing to criticize colonists, could not fail to attract attention.

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It’s a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. Gjrolamo Spaniards appear not only as vicious monsters but also as very bad Christians.

But beyond that, Europeans rendered the utterly unknown into something culturally identifiable. The ultra-philanthropists found Benzoni a welcome auxiliary, and foreign nations, all more or less leagued against Spain for the sake of supplanting its mastery of the Indies, eagerly adopted his extreme statements and sweeping accusations. That move sparked a brief encounter between the Spaniards and the French from to Those who commanded companies of soldiers were promised rewards for successful campaigns that might include noble titles, tax exemptions, political office, or financial remuneration.

Invading Colombia John Michael Francis. Finally, Benzoni uses some measurements that are no longer in standard use.