Portuguese and Chinese Maritime Imperialism: Camões's Lusiads and Luo Maodeng's Voyage of the San Bao Eunuch

  title={Portuguese and Chinese Maritime Imperialism: Cam{\~o}es's Lusiads and Luo Maodeng's Voyage of the San Bao Eunuch},
  author={Robert Finlay},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={225 - 241}
  • R. Finlay
  • Published 1 April 1992
  • History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
Shortly before Vasco da Gama returned to Lisbon in September 1499 from his great voyage to India, a Florentine merchant in the Portuguese capital reported troubling rumors that ‘certain vessels of white Christians’ had visited the port of Calicut on the Malabar coast only a couple of generations previously. If true, this would mean that some other European power had beaten Portugal in its long search for a maritime route to the Indies. After speculating that the mysterious mariners were Germans… 
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