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Giovanni da Verrazzano

Navigator and Gentleman

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It is not easy to reconstruct the life of the great explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, given the numerous difficulties encountered in his historiography entailing lost or counterfeited documents, misunderstandings and cases of mistaken identity, disputes and political machinations.
This work sheds light on the biography of the Tuscan navigator through a meticulous historical and philological investigation, centred, in particular, around the documents that he himself wrote. After analysing geographical knowledge in the fifteenth century, from which key figures emerge, such as the geographer Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli and Amerigo Vespucci himself, the narrative moves on to the story of Giovanni, presenting the portrait of a courageous voyager who was also a very accomplished writer. In 1524, he undertook an important transatlantic crossing before going on to explore the vast areas of the American coastline.
A man of action, fully integrated in public life and in a well-structured network of political relations, Giovanni da Verrazzano was a geographer and sailor, the ultimate embodiment of the figure of the navigator and humanist.


Non è facile ricostruire la vita del grande esploratore Giovanni da Verrazzano, viste le numerose difficoltà incontrate dalla storiografia: documenti perduti o contraffatti, equivoci e scambi di persona, polemiche e strumentalizzazioni politiche.
Questo saggio fa luce sulla biografia del navigatore toscano attraverso un’accurata indagine storica e filologica, incentrata in particolare sui suoi documenti autografi. Dopo un’analisi delle conoscenze geografiche nel XV secolo, da cui emergono figure di spicco come il geografo Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli o lo stesso Amerigo Vespucci, la narrazione abbraccia la storia di Giovanni, offrendo il ritratto di un viaggiatore coraggioso che fu anche una penna più che raffinata, e che nel 1524 compì un’importante traversata transatlantica per esplorare poi vaste zone della costa americana.
Uomo d’azione, inserito a pieno titolo nella vita pubblica e in una rete ben strutturata di relazioni politiche, Giovanni da Verrazzano fu geografo e marinaio, espressione massima della figura del navigatore-umanista.


Originally published as: Giovanni da Verrazzano. Navigatore e gentiluomo, Mauro Pagliai, Florence, November 2023
1st English edition: January 2024

It is not easy to reconstruct the life of the great explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, given the numerous difficulties encountered in his historiography entailing lost or counterfeited documents, misunderstandings and cases of mistaken identity, disputes and political machinations.
This work sheds light on the biography of the Tuscan navigator through a meticulous historical and philological investigation, centred, in particular, around the documents that he himself wrote. After analysing geographical knowledge in the fifteenth century, from which key figures emerge, such as the geographer Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli and Amerigo Vespucci himself, the narrative moves on to the story of Giovanni, presenting the portrait of a courageous voyager who was also a very accomplished writer. In 1524, he undertook an important transatlantic crossing before going on to explore the vast areas of the American coastline.
A man of action, fully integrated in public life and in a well-structured network of political relations, Giovanni da Verrazzano was a geographer and sailor, the ultimate embodiment of the figure of the navigator and humanist.


Originally published as: Giovanni da Verrazzano. Navigatore e gentiluomo, Mauro Pagliai, Florence, November 2023
1st English edition: January 2024

Mauro Pagliai, 2024

Pagine: 176

Caratteristiche: ill. b/n, br.

b/w ills, paperback

Formato: 15x21

ISBN: 978-88-564-0538-5

Collana:
Storie del mondo, 51

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