Fern O Mendes Pinto

Fern O Mendes Pinto

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Fern o Mendes Pinto Old Portuguese: Fernam Mendez Pinto) (Montemor-o-Velho, c. 1509 - Almada, Pragal, 8 July 1583) was a Portuguese explorer and writer. His exploits are known through the posthumous publication of his memoir Pilgrimage (Portuguese: Peregrina o) in 1614, an autobiographical work whose truthfulness is nearly impossible to assess. In the course of his travels in the Middle and Far East, Pinto visited Ethiopia, the Arabian Sea, China (where he claimed to have been a forced laborer on the Great Wall), India and Japan. He claimed to have been among the first group of Europeans to visit Japan and initiate the Nanban trade period. He also claimed to have introduced the gun there in 1543. It is known that he funded the first Christian church in Japan, after befriending a Catholic missionary and founding member of the Society of Jesus later known as St Francis Xavier. At one time Pinto himself was a Jesuit, though he later left the order.show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 168g
  • Culp Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6135952307
  • 9786135952308