Analysis of the rationales behind Azurar’s Chronicle

Gomes Eannes De Azurara was a chronicler for the Portuguese royal house in the 15th century, essentially a historian for the royal family. He was picked to write the story of the state-financed exploration of (and perhaps assault on) the West African coast (“Guinea”) from about 1418-1460. Although written in the mid- to late-1400s, these documents were not published, in part because they had valuable commercial information that the Portuguese state wanted to keep to itself.

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