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Paperback:Conquerors : how Portugal forged the first global empire / Roger Crowley.:2016 Paperback Conquerors : how Portugal forged the first global empire / Roger Crowley.
Conquerors : how Portugal forged the first global empire / Roger Crowley.
Author: Crowley, Roger, 1951-
Publication year: 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780571290901 (pbk.) :
Notes:
Originally published: 2015.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Extent: viii, 412 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black a
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As remarkable as Columbus and the conquistador expeditions, the history of Portuguese exploration is now almost forgotten. But Portugal's navigators cracked the code of the Atlantic winds, launched the expedition of Vasco da Gama to India and beat the Spanish to the spice kingdoms of the East - then set about creating the first long-range maritime empire. In an astonishing blitz of 30 years, a handful of visionary and utterly ruthless empire builders, with few resources but breathtaking ambition, attempted to seize the Indian Ocean, destroy Islam and take control of world trade. Told with Roger Crowley's customary skill and verve, this is narrative history at its most vivid - an epic tale of navigation, trade and technology, money and religious zealotry, political diplomacy and espionage, sea battles and shipwrecks, endurance, courage and terrifying brutality.

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