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Benzoni, Girolamo (L)

Girolamo Benzoni (c.1519-1570) was an Italian historian who is best known for his 1565 book, La Storia del mondo nuova[1116] (The History of the New World). The Catholic Encyclopedia

L0020190 Portrait of Girolamo Benzoni Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images Portrait of Girolamo Benzoni Woodcut 1572 La Historia del Mondo Nuovo Benzoni, Girolamo Published: 1572 Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

comments that “It contains interesting details about the countries he visited, but abounds in errors and often in intentional misstatements. What Benzoni states about the Antilles is a clumsy rehash of Las Casas. His reports on the conquests of Mexico, and Peru bristle with errors.” In it he also supports the then prevailing view that linked Atlantis with America.

In 1857 the Hakluyt Society published a well regarded English translation of Benzoni’s book, which is available online(a).