Teixera (1563-1645?) was a Portuguese-Jewish soldier, merchant and traveller with interests in the Far East. In 1600 he had undertaken a voyage from Malacca to Portugal via the Philippines, China, Japan and Mexico which he describes in the book. He was back in the Far East in 1603 but having tired of long voyages by sea he decided to make his return trip by land as far as possible. This time his route took him from Goa to Hormuz, Basra, Baghdad, Aleppo, Iskenderum, Cyprus and Zante, arriving in Venice in about 1605.
In his introduction he asserts that he has long been interested in the history of the Persian monarchs but having found no reliable history of them he embarked on writing a history based on his own first-hand research in Persia. This history occupies the long first part of the book. The second part is "Breve relación del principio del reyno Harmuz y de sus reyes..." and the third part "Relación del camino que hize dende la India hasta Italia."
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