This work has a broad appeal and should be of immediate interest to a wide variety of scholars and students. One of its best features is that it is readable while also very scholarly... This enjoyable text could be used very successfully with graduate students or undergraduates in an upper-division class.
The Return of Hans Staden is a useful book for students, a good way to acquire a first acquaintance with the worlds of a sixteenth-century Landsknecht and German conquistador on both side of the Atlantic.
Scholars of early images of the Americas and of cultural encounters, captivity, and oceanic expansion will find the material engaging.
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A Note on Spelling and Citation
1. Staden Goes to Sea
2. The Lying Captive
3. The Traveler Returns
4. Staden's Images