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Known as Jan Huygen van Linschoten's, "Itinerio", this volume did much to expose to the European world the secrets of the 16th century Portuguese trade and navigation in south Asia. This ultimately opened the way for Dutch (Indonesia) and English (India) colonization. The volume consists of 3 books; the first focused on Goa, the Portugese hub in India and related trade and navigation. It also exposed opportunities in the East Indies. The second book describes the navigation of the coasts of West Africa around the Cape of Good Hope to Arabia, together with the coasts of the New World, and island to island in the East Indies. The third book covers Florida, the Caribbean, and Brazil. The volume was first published in Dutch in 1595/6. Later editions incorporated the work of Bernard Paludanus, and others. Linschoten's maps are among the earliest maps to show the region of south Asia in detail.
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