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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 Treasures of Asia

The Treasures of Asia

(p.15) Chapter 2 The Treasures of Asia
Oh Capitano!

Rudolph J. Vecoli

Francesco Durante

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

This chapter chronicles Celso Cesare Moreno's exploits in Asia, beginning with his decision to take to the sea like other Italian missionaries, explorers, and traders before him, such as Marco Polo and Vasco da Gama. Moreno's initial zone of activity was the Mediterranean, but he later made his way to the Cape of Good Hope, the Horn of Africa, the Red Sea, and finally, India. Arriving in Calcutta in June 1859, Moreno became entangled in a bitter dispute with Giovanni Casella, a successful merchant, and Father Vincenzo Bruno, a missionary. The chapter also considers Moreno's role in the Sepoy Mutiny during his time in India; his “discovery” of Sumatra; his sojourn in China, where he became involved in the Taiping Rebellion; his failed attempt to convince the Italian government to establish a colony in Sumatra; his efforts to sell Sumatra to Napoleon III; and his travel to Indochina to explore scantly known regions, among other objectives.

Keywords:   Celso Cesare Moreno, Asia, India, Giovanni Casella, Vincenzo Bruno, Sepoy Mutiny, Sumatra, China, Taiping Rebellion, Indochina

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