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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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Of a Portuguese youth who, while traveling on a ship under full sail in fine weather, dove into the water wearing a balaclava to swim to another ship of the fleet; and how, by god's mercy, he was picked up by a ship following a quarter of a league behind.

Of a Portuguese youth who, while traveling on a ship under full sail in fine weather, dove into the water wearing a balaclava to swim to another ship of the fleet; and how, by god's mercy, he was picked up by a ship following a quarter of a league behind.

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(p.17) Chapter V Of a Portuguese youth who, while traveling on a ship under full sail in fine weather, dove into the water wearing a balaclava to swim to another ship of the fleet; and how, by god's mercy, he was picked up by a ship following a quarter of a league behind.
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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/9780813035406.003.0006

This chapter relates the incident of a rash youth from Portugal who demonstrated his foolishness and God showed His mercy in the face of that youth's vanity. In the year 1514 Governor Pedrarias Dávila crossed over to Tierra Firme with seventeen or eighteen caravels and ships by order of the Catholic Monarch, don Ferdinand, fifth of that name in Castile. On a ship from the village of Palos in which Treasurer Alonso de la Puente and some other soldiers were traveling there was a Portuguese youth. Because his command of Spanish was somewhat shaky, his fellow soldiers and some sailors began to make fun of him to pass the time. That day he had enough of their jibes and said to them that he swore on the body of Deus that if they made him too angry he would jump off the boat and swim to another ship of the fleet.

Keywords:   youth, Portugal, God, Pedrarias Dávila, Tierra Firme, caravels, ships, don Ferdinand, Alonso de la Puente, Deus

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