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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Un(s)even: Vasco Da Gama

by Selkis; a detail

Tasso knew and liked Camões Lusiads, the national poem of Portugal celebrating the enterprises of Vasco Da Gama, who discovered a new sea route to reach India so that direct "commercial" (to put it kindly) relationships between the Western Kingdom and the Indian States might be established. Tasso, who usually thinks on his head, in this case echoes the official propaganda and affirms that the imports from the newly discovered lands -- the "Indias," both in Asia and in America -- to Europe created a lucky balance, since "we" lacked goods and "they" had plenty of them, much beyond their needs.

More about Tasso, Camões, and Columbus: see here.