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English Seamen and Traders in Guinea 1553-1565: The New Evidence of Their Wills (Studies in British History)
by:P. E. H. Hair, J. D. Alsop
The first English voyages solely to Guinea were previously known mainly through accounts in Eden and Hakluyt. They can be seen here through the wills of 90 men who died on the voyages. These wills depict in detail the shipboard life of Tudor sailors, and provide the earliest records of any English long-distance seafaring. Of the 1,000 or so men serving on...
The first English voyages solely to Guinea were previously known mainly through accounts in Eden and Hakluyt. They can be seen here through the wills of 90 men who died on the voyages. These wills depict in detail the shipboard life of Tudor sailors, and provide the earliest records of any English long-distance seafaring. Of the 1,000 or so men serving on these voyages, some 400 are named in the wills. The wills are printed in full, with extensive annotation. An introduction deals with the Guinea voyages, 16th-century will-making, and the shipboard life of seamen - terms of service, manning, provenances, possessions aboard (especially clothing), indebtedness and the shipboard economy, and evidences of social networks. Apart from throwing further light on the earliest contacts between England and Black Africa, the volume contributes to both the marine and social history of Tudor England.
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