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The memoirs and memorials of Jacques de Coutre : security, trade, and society in 16th and 17th-Century Southeast Asia

Author: Jacques de Coutre; Peter Borschberg; Roopanjali Roy
Publisher: Singapore : NUS Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Jacques de Coutre was a Flemish gem trader who spent nearly a decade in Southeast Asia at the turn of the 17th century. He left history a substantial autobiography written in Spanish and preserved in the National Library of Spain in Madrid. Written in the form of a picaresque tale, with an acute eye for the cultures he encountered, the memoirs tell the story of his adventures in the trading centres of the day:  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
History
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Jacques de Coutre; Jaques De Coutre; Jacques de Coutre; Jacques de Coutre
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques de Coutre; Peter Borschberg; Roopanjali Roy
ISBN: 9789971695286 9971695286 9789971697839 9971697831
OCLC Number: 847505492
Language Note: In English, translated from Spanish.
Description: xxviii, 453 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm
Responsibility: edited with an introduction by Peter Borschberg ; translated by Roopanjali Roy.

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Jacques de Coutre was a Flemish gem trader who spent nearly a decade in Southeast Asia at the turn of the 17th century. He left history a substantial autobiography written in Spanish and preserved in the National Library of Spain in Madrid. Written in the form of a picaresque tale, with an acute eye for the cultures he encountered, the memoirs tell the story of his adventures in the trading centres of the day: Melaka, Ayutthaya, Patani, Pahang, Johor, Brunei and Manila. Narrowly escaping death several times, De Coutre was inevitably drawn into dangerous intrigues between the representatives of European power, myriad fortune hunters and schemers, and the rulers and courtiers in the palaces of Pahang, Patani, Siam and Johor.0In addition to his autobiography, De Coutre wrote a series of memorials to the united crown of Spain and Portugal that contain recommendations designed to remedy the decline in the fortunes of the Iberian powers in Southeast Asia, particularly against the backdrop of early Dutch political and commercial penetration into the region.

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