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Oh Capitano!Celso Cesare Moreno - Adventurer, Cheater, and Scoundrel on Four Continents$
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Rudolph J. Vecoli, Francesco Durante, and Donna R. Gabaccia

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279869

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279869.001.0001

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The Traveler’s Spirit

The Traveler’s Spirit

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Traveler’s Spirit
Oh Capitano!

Rudolph J. Vecoli

Francesco Durante

, Donna R. Gabaccia, Elizabeth O. Venditto
Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses Celso Cesare Moreno's early life to determine how he developed wanderlust and grandiose ambitions, and what factors could have sparked his penchant for exoticism and risk. Celso was born on March 5, 1831, in Dogliani, Italy, to Carlo Giuseppe Moreni and Antonia Vivalda. After providing a background on his family and the environment in which he grew up, this chapter considers Moreno's education. At the age of seventeen, Moreno enlisted in the Savoyard army and was severely wounded at Goito in June 1848. It was the beginning of his military career. Because Moreno proudly bore the title Capitano Marittimo, or sea captain, all his life, he must have attended the Scuola di Nautica di Genova. He also went to the Royal Naval Academy in Genoa, graduating with the rank of lieutenant. The chapter also speculates on the influence of a contemporary, Nino Bixio, on Moreno's career.

Keywords:   education, Celso Cesare Moreno, Dogliani, Italy, Carlo Giuseppe Moreni, family, military career, Scuola di Nautica di Genova, Royal Naval Academy, Nino Bixio

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