Maldonada (Gulliver's Travels)

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Maldonada

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Location of Maldonada in the realm of Balnibarbi (original map, Pt III, Gulliver's Travels)
Gulliver's Travels location
Created by Jonathan Swift
Genre Satire
Type Port city
Notable characters Gulliver's guide to Glubdubdrib, a "gentleman of distinction". [1]

Maldonada is a fictional city from the book of Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. It was the main port of the kingdom of Balnibarbi.

<i>Gullivers Travels</i> novel by Jonathan Swift

Gulliver's Travels, or Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships, is a prose satire by Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, that is both a satire on human nature and the "travellers' tales" literary subgenre. It is Swift's best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature. He himself claimed that he wrote Gulliver's Travels "to vex the world rather than divert it".

Jonathan Swift 17th/18th-century Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, and poet

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Balnibarbi

Balnibarbi is a fictional land in Jonathan Swift's satirical novel Gulliver's Travels. it was visited by Lemuel Gulliver after he was rescued by the people of the flying island of Laputa.

Contents

Location

The location of Maldonada is illustrated in both the text and the maps in Part III of Gulliver's Travels, though they are not consistent with each other. Maldonada is described in the text as being 150 miles from the capital, Lagado, on the kingdom's Pacific coast (i.e., to the south) and that the island of Luggnagg, which is 100 leagues distant to the north-west. [1] [2] and is said to be 5 leagues distant from the island of Glubdubdrib, to the southwest. [1] However, the map at the beginning of Pt III [3] places Maldonada on the south-west coast of Luggnagg, with Glubdubdrib to the southwest of that island. A further map, of the kingdom of Balnibarbi [4] shows the port again, on the kingdom's south-east coast, but names it “Malonada”.

Lagado

Lagado is a fictional city from the satirical book of Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.

Luggnagg

Luggnagg is an island kingdom, one of the imaginary countries visited by Lemuel Gulliver in the satire Gulliver's Travels by Anglo-Irish author Jonathan Swift.

Description

Maldonada is described as being “a good port, with much commerce with the great kingdom of Luggnagg”. Gulliver tells us it is “about as large as Portsmouth”. [1] Maldonada was Gulliver's departure point for his visit to Glubdubdrib, and later, on his return, for his voyage to Luggnagg.

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 Gulliver's Travels (GT), part III, ch 7: Oxford World Classic (OWC) p180
  2. GT pt III, ch8: OWC p189
  3. GT pt III, ch1: OWC p140
  4. GT pt III, ch3: OWC p156

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