Saudades da Terra is a manuscript that was published by father Gaspar Frutuoso. It forms a reference work on the knowledge of Macaronesia in the late 16th century.
Gaspar Frutuoso statue at Ribeira Grande
The manuscript was written between 1586 and 1590, divided into two volumes, based on the author’s observations which makes a detailed description of the archipelagos of the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands. It also has multiple references to Cape Verde and other Atlantic regions.
It finishes a most important repository of information about geography, history, life usage of clothes, genealogy, toponym, fauna and flora of the mid-Atlantic archipelago before the 17th century, in which closes by the author with a personality of a Renaissance typical humanist: encyclopedic, literary, artistic and music, observed natural phenomenon, pre-occupied with alchemic experimentations and speculating inside the dominions of geology, biology, mineralogy and petrography.
The book contains each of…
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