The Marques de la Victoria and the Advancement of Naval Lexicography in Eighteenth Century Spain

By Carlos Novi, published May 1997


An outline of the career of Juan Jose Navarro de Viana y Bufalo (1687-1771), soldier, naval commander, polymath and teacher, and the compilation of his monumental dictionary of naval architecture. After an early career as an army officer, he transferred to the Navy as the first Commander of the Spanish naval academy. Shocked by the dearth of educational material, he began to develop a library of instructional material. Between 1723 and 1727 he produced four treatises at the average rate of one volume per year, but the demands of his military duties meant that his “Demonstrative dictionary with the configuration and anatomy of modern naval architecture”, comprising 139 illustrated folio sheets, was not presented to the king until 1759. Though never published, it has remained an important source for historians.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Biography | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

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