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The Misfortunes of Alonso Ramirez : The True Adventures of a Spanish American with 17th-Century Pirates - Fabio López Lázaro

The Misfortunes of Alonso Ramirez

The True Adventures of a Spanish American with 17th-Century Pirates


Published: 1st July 2011
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In 1690, a dramatic account of piracy was published in Mexico City. The Misfortunes of Alonso Ram?rez described the incredible adventures of a poor Spanish American carpenter who was taken captive by British pirates near the Philippines and forced to work for them for two years. After circumnavigating the world, he was freed and managed to return to Mexico, where the Spanish viceroy commissioned the well-known Mexican scholar Carlos de Sig?enza y G?ngora to write down Ram?rez's account as part of an imperial propaganda campaign against pirates.The Misfortunes of Alonso Ram?rez has long been regarded as a work of fiction-in fact, as Latin America's first novel-but Fabio L?pez L?zaro makes a convincing case that the book is a historical account of real events, albeit full of distortions and lies. Using contemporary published accounts, as well as newly discovered documents from Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, and Dutch archives, he proves that Ram?rez voyaged with one of the most famous pirates of all time, William Dampier. L?pez L?zaro's critical translation of The Misfortunes provides the only extensive Spanish eyewitness account of pirates during the period in world history (1650-1750) when they became key agents of the European powers jockeying for international political and economic dominance. An extensive introduction places The Misfortunes within the worldwide struggle that Spain, England, and Holland waged against the ambitious Louis XIV of France, which some historians consider to be the first world war.

Introduction -- The viceroy, the carpenter, and the pirate -- Siamese treasure, Mexican merchants, and the law -- Conclusions -- The misfortunes of Alonso Ram??rez : a critical translation.

ISBN: 9780292744738
ISBN-10: 0292744730
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Published: 1st July 2011
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Edition Number: 1