de la reseña por T. Miłkowski
The book […] contains primary sources which have not been published yet. These sources contain letters and memoirs written by one of the most important explorers of the Pacific Ocean […]. They constitute excellent material useful not only for research on the history of Spanish voyages of discovery, but also on the mentality of the Roman Catholic sailors, discoverers and conquerors. Apart from the original texts […] the work also contains their English translations and elaborations.
from the review by T. Miłkowski
de la Introducción por Francisco Mellén Blanco
In 1983, while studying documents on the Pacific Ocean for my book on Easter Island45, I learned that various memorials by Quirós were held in the archive and library of Francisco de Zabálburu, precisely those included in the present book. [...] The precise number of memorials written by Quirós is not known. [...] As in the 54 memorials written earlier, Quirós implored King Philip III to help him undertake a new endeavour without any further delay. He appealed to the “faith, benevolence, truthfulness, justice, mercy, patience and reason [of the King – ZJV], and that he would know how to make and observe just and useful rights”66, bearing in mind the certain loss of millions of souls, “present and future”67, all of whom might be saved thanks to nothing more than 500,000 ducats. In memorial no. M 25-1029, he reminds again that the unknown austral regions are a fourth of the globe, and that all the most representative European states could find a place in it.
from the Introduction by Francisco Mellén Blanco