Conquerors

Conquerors

How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire

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Historian and New York Times bestselling author Crowley presents the epic story of the emergence of Portugal, a small, poor nation that enjoyed a century of maritime supremacy thanks to the daring and navigational skill of its explorers--a tactical advantage no other country could match.
The epic story of the emergence of Portugal, a small, poor nation that enjoyed a century of maritime supremacy thanks to the daring and navigational skill of its explorers--a tactical advantage no other country could match. Portugal's discovery of a sea route to India, campaign of imperial conquest over Muslim rulers, and domination of the spice trade would forever disrupt the Mediterranean and build the first global economy. Author Crowley relies on letters and eyewitness testimony to tell the story of tiny Portugal's rapid and breathtaking rise to power. Conquerors reveals the Império Português in all of its splendor and ferocity. Figures such as King Manuel "the Fortunate," João II "the Perfect Prince," marauding governor Afonso de Albuquerque, and explorer Vasco da Gama juggled their private ambitions and the public aims of the empire in pursuit of a global fortune. Also central to the story was Portugal's drive to eradicate Islamic culture and establish a Christian empire in the Indian Ocean. Portuguese explorers pushed deep into the African continent and ruthlessly besieged Indian port cities. The discovery of a route to India around the horn of Africa was not only a brilliant breakthrough in navigation but heralded a complete upset of the world order. For the next century, no European empire was more ambitious, no rulers more rapacious. In the process they created the first long-range maritime empire and set in motion the forces of globalization that now shape our world.--Adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812994001
0812994000
Branch Call Number: 909.0971 CROWLEY
Characteristics: xxv, 368 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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Dec 10, 2015

Publishers Weekly claims: // Surprisingly, there's no discussion of the Portuguese sailors' attitude toward Muslims after centuries of Moorish invasions and war on the Iberian Peninsula. \\
This is a weird comment, as the author repeatedly states the prevailing anti-Islamic sentiment among the rulers? [Due to Moorish occupation.]
Certainly, the lowly sailors' attitudes are typically never historically recorded, so how could the author comment pointedly???? Something peculiar and wrong with the critic of this?!?!
Great historical scholarship involved, so if unfamiliar with Portugal and the history of nautical global exploration, this is the book for you!

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