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    Extremly difficult sentence

    Hi!
    What is the exact meaning of the following passage? It is from an itinerary written nearly 420 years ago in Spanish, and was translated into English, nearly 110 years ago. Of course it is from a foot note about the skirmish among the Portuguese and other European nations.

    Mauricio \Mauritius\ was the name or title of the admiral's ship : it appears as if by a fatality, with the first two syllables ever grievous to Catholic ears (let severe censors pardon what they may call frivolous considerations), to be second Mauritanians in those climes, like spoilers of the vineyard of Christ, which the efforts of the Portuguese had planted there."

    Thanks very much
    Last edited by pars; 01-Jun-2016 at 20:43.

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    Re: Extremly difficult sentence

    I think additional context is necessary.

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    Re: Extremly difficult sentence

    Yes, a lot more context!

    "Fatality" usually means "death": The accident caused no fatalities. But a secondary meaning has to do with fate and destiny. So it might be saying that it was an odd twist of fate that the ship that fought the Portuguese bore a name that insulted them.

    But what could be insulting about the name Mauricio? It might help us to know what flag the Mauricio flew under (Spanish?) and when, where, and under what circumstances (a battle?) the story took place.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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