Sunday, January 30, 2005

Varthema, Lodovico De

De Varthema also spelled �Di Barthema, �Latin �Vartomanus, or Vertomannus, � intrepid Italian traveler and adventurer whose account of his Middle Eastern and Asiatic wanderings was widely circulated throughout Europe and earned him high fame in his own lifetime. He made significant discoveries (especially in Arabia) and made many valuable observations of the peoples he visited; his ready wit enabled

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