The first voyage of Giovanni da Empoli to India: Mercantile culture, Christian faith, and the early production of knowledge about Portuguese Asia

@article{Salonia2019TheFV,
  title={The first voyage of Giovanni da Empoli to India: Mercantile culture, Christian faith, and the early production of knowledge about Portuguese Asia},
  author={Matteo Salonia},
  journal={International Journal of Maritime History},
  year={2019},
  volume={31},
  pages={18 - 3}
}
  • Matteo Salonia
  • Published 1 February 2019
  • History
  • International Journal of Maritime History
Giovanni da Empoli, a Florentine agent and merchant, was among the first Europeans to travel by an exclusively maritime route to India. This article focuses on Giovanni’s first voyage to the East (1503–1504), during which he visited several ports along the Malabar coast. By examining Giovanni’s letter to his father, this contribution explores his (re)emerging identities, and in particular his mercantile outlook and his Christian faith, which suggest a diversity of value systems and agendas… 

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