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By John Kendrick

Malaspina arrived in Spain with a systematic history and an ardent curiosity within the philosophy of the Enlightenment. a talented navigator, the Pacific voyage on which he sailed in 1789 was once the final and most crucial of his profession - a five-year clinical and political exam of the Spanish colonies within the Americas and the Philippines. He appraised the British colony at Sydney Cove and Tonga, permitting him to match lifestyles at a spot nearly untouched by means of ecu touch with the placement within the colonies. Malaspina finally back to Spain, the place he used to be obtained by means of King Charles IV. He used to be commissioned to supply a piece overlaying all facets of his experiences that will determine Spain's attractiveness as a contemporary enlightened kingdom. Malaspina suggested the King that this might be accomplished provided that he disregarded all of his ministers and changed them with a slate of Malaspina's picking out who could again his visionary rules. This doubtless naive suggestion led to a unanimous vote by means of the council that his plan used to be fake, seditious, and injurious to the sovereignty in their Majesties, and he used to be sentenced to 10 years imprisonment within the castle of San Antón. on the urging of Napoleon he used to be published after 8 years and exiled to Italy, the place he died in 1810, simply because the revolts within the Americas have been beginning, as he had anticipated. utilizing Malaspina's writings, together with the magazine of his nice voyage and his own letters, John Kendrick makes the lifetime of this awesome guy on hand for the 1st time in English.

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Pineda had been in one of the Spanish ships during the siege of Gibraltar and could have met Malaspina at that time. An autodidact in scientific matters, he was credited with a thorough knowledge of chemistry and physics, as well as the life sciences, which he studied intensively in the Jardín Botánico. 14 However, Haenke missed the ship by a few hours, took passage to Montevideo, was shipwrecked on the way, and only caught up with the expedition in Santiago after crossing South America. Malaspina noted his arrival without comment.

He arrived in Manila on May II with four sick. It is not known whether some fever victims died or whether some sick were landed at Guam, so this small number may be misleading. Six months later the Astrea left Manila to complete its circumnavigation of the world. 17 Records of the voyage from this time on are scant, but it is known that a call was made at Batavia. To take advantage of favourable winds Malaspina weighed anchor and sailed on, leaving ashore fourteen barrels of water. Although some writers claim without evidence that the ship called at Capetown, it is more probable that Malaspina bypassed it and sailed on to Spain 18 Anchoring at his first landfall, he intercepted a felucca19 which he sent to fetch fruit, fresh vegetables, bread, and fish for the sick.

Pineda had been in one of the Spanish ships during the siege of Gibraltar and could have met Malaspina at that time. An autodidact in scientific matters, he was credited with a thorough knowledge of chemistry and physics, as well as the life sciences, which he studied intensively in the Jardín Botánico. 14 However, Haenke missed the ship by a few hours, took passage to Montevideo, was shipwrecked on the way, and only caught up with the expedition in Santiago after crossing South America. Malaspina noted his arrival without comment.

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