By K. Boterbloem
Dutch Sailmaker and sailor Jan Struys' (c.1629-c.1694) account of his quite a few out of the country travels turned a bestseller after its first e-book in Amsterdam in 1676, and was once later translated into English, French, German and Russian. This new publication depicts the tale of its author's existence in addition to the 1st singular research of the Struys textual content.
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Struys’s tales often seem to have indeed substituted for written sources. 91 When Reysen does supply very speciﬁc details, as in naming the Venetian ﬂeet commanders, its text’s authenticity actually diminishes. 92 Undoubtedly, they embellished many a story, and they wove their own adventures into stories they had heard from others. It is conceivable that in Struys’s narration of his ﬁrst and second travels he appropriated tales of others’ adventures in East Asia or the Mediterranean. Consulting private libraries or other print and document collections, his ghostwriter then tried to improve the anecdotes’ verisimilitude by unearthing or correcting names of ships, VOC personnel or Venetian commanders whom Struys should have encountered.
84 Informed by ideals such as piety, sobriety, and the importance of hard work that structured its readers’ lives, Reysen concurred with the prevailing metanarrative about the foreign regions the protagonist-narrator Struys visited. 89 What is clearly a handicap for anyone using the book as a source for the histoire événementielle is its almost continuous supply of mistaken dates of events. Their error meanwhile adds strength to the case for the authenticity of Struys’s recollections about them.
37 In their endeavours, Dutch businessmen abroad, motivated much like multinational companies today, often prioritized proﬁt over patria in the manner of Vinius. 41 Besides Tsar Aleksei and the Boyar Ordin-Nashchokin (whose roles will be investigated in the next chapter), the driving force behind the plan for a Muscovite sailing ﬂeet on the Caspian Sea was Jan van Sweeden, an outstanding example of a seventeenth-century Dutch merchantentrepreneur in Moscow. 44 David Ruts’s wife was a de Moucheron, a daughter of one of the most powerful families in the Dutch Arkhangel’sk trade.
The Fiction & Reality of Jan Struys: A Seventeenth-Century Dutch Globetrotter by K. Boterbloem