The Conquest of New Granada

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Smith, Elder & Company, 1912 - Chibcha Indiana - 232 pages
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Page 77 - The death of Vasco Nunez was one of the greatest calamities that could have happened to South America at that time. He had collected his little fleet in the bay of San Miguel, and was about to sail away into the unknown ocean which he had discovered. He would thus have become the discoverer of the great empire of the Yncas.
Page 77 - He had collected his little fleet in the Gulf of San Miguel, and was about to sail into the unknown ocean which he had discovered. The conquest of Peru would have been a very different story from that which is interwoven with the ill-omened name of Pizarro. For Vasco Nunez was a very different man. He had the true genius of a statesman and a warrior, was as humane and judicious as he was firm of purpose 78 THE GOOD WORK UNDONE and indomitable of will.
Page 28 - Regel, Fritz, Kolumbien (Berlin, 1900), 137. On the sacrifices in the lake, see Ternaux-Campans, Essai sur I'ancien Cundinamarca, 47-50. 2 The Conquest of New Granada, 27. principles of the Chibcha calendar, which was rather complicated, and the religious system which was, in great part, based upon it." 1 The sun was the only deity to which human sacrifice was offered. But at the time of the Spanish conquest, the Chibchas were disposed to accept substitutes for the human victim.2 The Chibcha country,...
Page 97 - ... obstinate battle. The chief was present in person, carried on a litter richly inlaid with gold. The Spaniards were hard pressed, and would have been defeated if it had not been for the death of the opposing general. The natives then retreated. There was 1 See my translation of the travels of Pedro de Cieza de Leon contained in the first part of his Chronicle of Peru (Anvers, 1554)> printed for the Hakluyt Society in 1864. 98 EXPEDITION OF VADILLO a very pathetic scene. The great chief, Nutibara,...

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