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The author paints a lively, colorful account of the adventures of early Spanish, Portuguese and English explorers and emphasizes their diverse and seemingly contradictory motives. New lands were discovered and conquered, but did these fearless men do it for the glory of their sovereign, for the sake of spreading religion to distant lands or simply for the profit and to amass great fortunes?
In this book, the author has put together an account of the accomplishments of the heroic renaissance explorers and conquerors, and their motivations. He provides a concise, clearly written narrative of the spectacular accomplishments of the men who conquered the unknown lands and seas in the 15th and 16th centuries. By doing so, it is impossible not to equate Portuguese Malacca into the narration.