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Conquering the Pacific: An Unknown Mariner and the Final Great Voyage of the Age of Discovery

Conquering the Pacific: An Unknown Mariner and the Final Great Voyage of the Age of Discovery

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The story of an uncovered voyage as colorful and momentous as any on record for the Age of Discovery--and of the Black mariner whose stunning accomplishment has been until now lost to history

It began with a secret mission, no expenses spared. Spain, plotting to break Portugal's monopoly trade with the fabled Orient, set sail from a hidden Mexican port to cross the Pacific--and then, critically, to attempt the never-before-accomplished return, the vuelta. Four ships set out from Navidad, each one carrying a dream team of navigators. The smallest ship, guided by seaman Lope Mart n, a mulatto who had risen through the ranks to become one of the most qualified pilots of the era, soon pulled far ahead and became mysteriously lost from the fleet. It was the beginning of a voyage of epic scope, featuring mutiny, murderous encounters with Pacific islanders, astonishing physical hardships--and at last a triumphant return to the New World. But the pilot of the fleet's flagship, the Augustine friar mariner Andr s de Urdaneta, later caught up with Mart n to achieve the vuelta as well. It was he who now basked in glory, while Lope Mart n was secretly sentenced to be hanged by the Spanish crown as repayment for his services. Acclaimed historian Andr s Res ndez, through brilliant scholarship and riveting storytelling--including an astonishing outcome for the resilient Lope Mart n--sets the record straight.

Author: Andrés Reséndez
Publisher: Mariner Books
Published: 09/14/2021
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.20w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9781328515971

About the Author
ANDRÉS RESÉNDEZ's most recent book, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the 2017 Bancroft Prize. He is a professor of history at the University of California, Davis, a current Carnegie fellow, and an avid sailor.

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