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Camões and the Discovery of India: The Negative Side

Camões and the Discovery of India: The Negative Side

Chapter:
(p.123) Chapter 7 Camões and the Discovery of India: The Negative Side
Source:
Trade and Romance
Author(s):
Michael Murrin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226071602.003.0008

When Camões composed Os Lusíadas, his epic about Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India, he had to face a series of issues. The Portuguese went to India to negotiate a trade treaty, but trade is not a heroic activity. His own experience in the East gave him a critical view of Portuguese activity, which he considered corrupt, a view he shared with others, especially Fernão Mendes Pinto and Diogo do Couto.

Keywords:   Gama, Faria y Sousa, haggling, plotting, commerce, Pinto, Couto

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