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On July 29, 1681, a band of English buccaneers that had been terrorizing Spanish possessions on the west coast of the Americas captured a Spanish ship, from which they obtained a "derrotero," or book of charts and sailing directions. When they arrived back in England, the Spanish ambassador demanded that the buccaneers be brought to trial. The "derrotero" was ordered to be brought to King Charles II, who apparently appreciated its great intelligence value. The buccaneers were acquitted, to the chagrin of the king of Spain, who had the English ambassador expelled from the court at Madrid on a seemingly trumped-up charge.
The "derrotero" was subsequently translated, and one of the buccaneers, Basil Ringrose, added a text to the compilation and information to the Spanish charts. The resulting atlas, consisting of 106 pages of charts and 106 pages of text, is published in full for the first time in this volume. Covering the coast from California to Tierra del Fuego, the Galapagos, and Juan Fernandes, Basil Ringrose's south sea waggoner is a rich source of geographical information, with observations on navigational, physical, biological, and cultural features as well as on ethnography, customs, and folklore.
After almost exactly three hundred years, this secret atlas is now made available to libraries and individuals. The editors have provided an extensive introduction on historical, geographical, and navigational aspects of the atlas, as well as annotations to the charts and text, and they have plotted the coverage of the charts on modern map bases.
Title: A Buccaneer's Atlas: Basil Ringrose's South Sea Waggoner ; A Sea Atlas & Sailing Directions / Pacific Coast of the Americas 1682
Edition: First American Edition
Publisher: Univ. California Berkeley 1992: 1992
ISBN Number: 0-520-05410-5
ISBN Number 13: 9780520054103
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Nr Fine
Jacket Condition: Nr Fine
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Seller ID: 001369I
Description: Roman purple cloth cover & dustjacket. I wonder why ? Will stand out in your library!
Keywords: EXPLORATION & TRAVEL