Dutch maps and English ships


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History Today
Vol. 44, no. 1 (January 1994), p. 35-41


In 1598, Jan Huygen van Linschoten's Itinerario, the landmark expose of Portuguese Asia, was published in English translation. Thirteen years later, the eighth voyage of the English East India Company set out on England's first journey by sea to Japan. Richard Pflederer explores the connections between this important book and the beginnings of English trade in the Far East