La Austrialia del Espíritu Santo
Volume I-II: The Journal of Fray Martin de Munilla O.F.M. and other documents relating to The Voyage of Pedro Fernández de Quirós to the South Sea (1605-1606) and the Franciscan missionary plan (1617-1627)
Pedro FernÃ¡ndez de QuirÃ³s was a remarkable navigator and explorer. Having sailed in 1595 as chief pilot in the ill-fated Spanish expedition to the Solomon Islands, he returned to the 'Austral Lands' - the area of the New Hebrides - in 1605 with another expedition, which is the subject of this volume. In his Introduction Father Kelly sets out to resolve some of the outstanding historical problems of this QuirÃ³s expedition in the light of recently discovered documents. At the same time he gives a brief description of the Franciscan missionary apostolate, its contribution to geographical discovery in the Pacific, and its missionary plans for the natives of the Austral lands. He also provides a systematic survey of source material in Spanish, Roman and other European archives. The volume contains 32 documents concerning the 1605 expedition, including Munilla's RelaciÃ³n, as well as the Franciscan Missionary Plan. All these have been translated by Father Kelly. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volumes first published in 1966.
Table of Contents
Contents: Volume I: Preface; Dating in the Narratives; Introduction; Texts: The main texts of the 1605 expedition: description of the Munilla ms; RelaciÃ³n of Fray MartÃn de Munilla OFM and Fray Mateo de Vascones OFM Volume II: Texts: Main texts of the 1605 expedition: The sumario breve of Juan di Iturbe. Negotiations and Preparations for the Expedition: Rome; Spain; Peru. The voyage of QuirÃ³s; QuirÃ³s in New Spain; QuirÃ³s in Spain: negotiations for a new expedition; The Franciscan missionary plan for the Austral lands; Appendices; Index.