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By Leo Africanus, Robert Brown, John Pory

The courses of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made on hand edited (and occasionally translated) early debts of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, contains a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works via authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and overlaying voyages to the recent international, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. Leo Africanus (c. 1494-c. 1554) used to be an Arab diplomat captured by means of Spanish corsairs in 1518 and brought to Rome. He was once later published by means of Pope Leo X and loved papal patronage until eventually he left Rome in 1527. This paintings describes the zone of north Africa referred to as the Maghreb and was once thought of the main authoritative account of the cultures, religions and politics of this quarter till the beginning of ecu exploration within the 19th century. quantity 1 incorporates a normal description of north Africa.

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But as he made three 1 According to Ramusio, " alcune fuste di corsari". The religion of these pirates may be inferred from their subsequent proceedings* xlii INTRODUCTION. voyages to Egypt subsequent to 1517, it could scarcely have happened before 1520 (certainly not in 1518, as Berbrugger fancies); and it was not later than 1523, as the Pope died in that year. We may therefore fix on 1520 as the probable year of his arrival in the imperial city. At that time Moorish slaves were common at every court, and Moorish guards then occupied in many of them the places afterwards taken by the Swiss.

And it supplies a picturesque—an almost logical—ending to this famous Moorish traveller's life, that not unlikely this was actually the case. T H E CHARACTER OF LEO. Leo's contemporaries are so silent regarding him, that almost nothing is known as to his ways of life or character, beyond what can be gathered from the pages of his magnum opus. However, this is in many places so frankly autobiographical, that it is possible to piece together from various passages a fair picture of the man who was for nearly three centuries the sole authority on the geography of Northern and Central Africa.

He was a relation and vassal of the King of Fez. But the actual rulers, and most influential people in the country, were the old Shereef, Hassan Ibn Mohammed and his three sons, more especially Mohammed, who had been tutor to the sons of the King of Fez. Just then, under pretence of arousing a holy war against the Portuguese (who under Fernando d'Atayde, governor of Saffi, Pedro de Sousa, governor of Azemor, and the renegade Arab chiefs Yahia and Mamun, had approached almost to the walls of Morocco city), these chiefs were insidiously strengthening that hold on the southern part of the empire which, before many years had passed, enabled them to establish the dynasty of the El-Hoseini Shereefs as masters of Morocco.

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