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Misfortunes and Shipwrecks in the Seas of the Indies, Islands, and Mainland of the Ocean Sea (1513–1548)Book Fifty of the 'General and Natural History of the Indies'$
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Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035406

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035406.001.0001

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Book Fifty Prolog

Book Fifty Prolog

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(p.1) Book Fifty Prolog
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Misfortunes and Shipwrecks in the Seas of the Indies, Islands, and Mainland of the Ocean Sea (1513–1548)
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Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035406.003.0001

This book is a collection of twenty-nine disaster accounts from 1513 to 1548, ending with a discussion in which Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés offers a defense of his entire History against his critics and glories in his accomplishment. The book is a translation of the History in which Oviedo recounts his introduction to the New World when he arrived in 1514 at the Darién region of Panama in the expedition led by the infamous Pedro Arias de Avila. The book tackles the last book of his history—book fifty, Infortunios e naufragios acaescidos en las mares de las Indias, islas y Tierra Firme del Mar Océano (Misfortunes and Shipwrecks in the Seas of the Indies, Islands, and Mainland of the Ocean Sea), more simply referred to as the Naufragios (Shipwrecks).

Keywords:   Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés, History, New World, Darién, Panama, Pedro Arias de Avila, Indies, islands, shipwrecks

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