The History of South America, from the Discovery of the New World by Columbus, to the Conquest of Peru by Pizarro: Interspersed with Amusing Anecdotes, and Containing a Minute Description of the Manners and Customs ... of the Indians

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Collins & Hannay, and Collins & Company, 1830 - America - 252 pages

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Page 234 - ... his crime is, in some measure, balanced by the glory of having ventured upon a navigation of near two thousand leagues, through unknown nations, in a vessel hastily constructed, with green timber and by very unskilful hands, without provisions, without a compass, or a pilot.
Page 86 - ... ascent, Balboa commanded his men to halt, and advanced alone to the summit, that he might be the first who should enjoy a spectacle which he had so long desired. As soon as he beheld the South Sea stretching in endless prospect below him, he fell on his knees, and lifting up his hands to heaven, returned thanks to God, who had conducted him to a discovery so beneficial to his country, and so honourable to himself. His followers, observing his transports of joy, rushed forward to join in his wonder,...
Page 18 - ... refusing to follow any longer a desperate adventurer to certain destruction. They contended that it was necessary to think of returning to Spain while their crazy vessels were still in a condition to keep the sea; but expressed their fears that the attempt would prove vain...
Page 213 - Valverede, chaplain to the expedition, advanced with a crucifix in one hand, and a breviary in the other, and in a long discourse...
Page 18 - When about four hundred leagues to the west of the Canaries, h)e found the sea so covered with weeds, that it resembled a meadow of vast extent, and in some places they were so thick, as to retard the motion of the vessels.
Page 4 - District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the seventh day of May, AD 1828, in the fifty-second year of the Independence of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SG Goodrich, of the said District, has deposited in this office the...
Page 51 - ... day; the slumber during the sultry noontide heat by the fountain or the stream, or under the spreading palm-tree ; and the song, the dance, and the game in the mellow evening, when summoned to their simple amusements by the rude Indian drum. They were now obliged to grope day by day, with bending body and anxious eye, along the borders of their rivers, sifting the sands for the grains of gold which every day grew more scanty...
Page 234 - Napo bore him along the south, until he reached the great channel of the Maragnon. Turning with it towards the coast, he held on his course in that direction. He made frequent descents on both sides of the river, sometimes seizing by force of arms the provisions of the fierce savages seated on its banks ; and sometimes procuring a supply of food by a friendly intercourse with more gentle tribes.
Page 214 - Valverde, reaching out to him his breviary. The inca opened it eagerly, and turning over the leaves, lifted it to his ear : ' This,' says he, ' is silent ; it tells me nothing ;' and threw it with disdain to the ground. The enraged monk, running towards his countrymen, cried out, ' To arms, Christians, to arms ; the word of God is insulted ; avenge this profanation on those impious dogs.
Page 117 - Cortes was not slow in appearing; when, with one voice, officers and soldiers expressed their astonishment and indignation at the orders which they had received. It was unworthy, they cried, of the Castilian courage, to be daunted at the first aspect of danger, and infamous to fly before any enemy appeared. For their parts, they were determined not to relinquish an enterprise...

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