The Conquest of the River Plate (1535-1555)

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Hakluyt Society, 1891 - Paraguay - 282 pages
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Page 194 - Coasting along still further west, he landed at the inlet called Gaspe, where he took formal possession of the country, in the name of his sovereign. This he did by planting a cross, surmounted by the lilies of France, and bearing a suitable inscription. Continuing his course still...
Page 6 - It happened that three Spaniards stole a horse, and ate it secretly, but when it was known, they were imprisoned and interrogated under the torture. Whereupon, as soon as they admitted their guilt, they were sentenced to death by the gallows, and all three were hanged. Immediately afterwards, at night, three other Spaniards came to the gallows to the three hanging men, and hacked off their thighs and pieces of their flesh, and took them home to still their hunger. A Spaniard also ate his brother,...
Page 5 - ... else. It happened that three Spaniards stole a horse, and ate it secretly, but when it was known, they were imprisoned and interrogated under the torture. Whereupon, as soon as they admitted their guilt, they were sentenced to death by the gallows, and all three were hanged. Immediately afterwards, at night, three other Spaniards came to the gallows to the three hanging men, and hacked off their thighs and pieces of their flesh, and took them home to still their hunger. A...
Page xli - Histoire véritable d'un Voyage Curieux, fait par Ulrich Schmidel de Straubing, dans l'Amérique ou le Nouveau Monde, par le Brésil, et le Rio de la Plata, depuis l'année 1534, jusqu'en 1554.
Page 3 - Charuas, who have nothing to eat but fish and meat. These, on our arrival, did leave the place and fled away with their wives and children, so that we could not find them. This Indian people go quite naked, the women having only their privities COVered, fr°m the navd t0 the kneeS, «"* a small piece of cotton cloth.
Page 263 - Farther to the west there is a large lake, so wide that it is impossible to see from shore to shore, and by its side dwells a nation who wear clothes, and possess much metal and brilliant stones, which they work into the borders of their dress; and they find these stones in the lake. They have large villages, are agriculturalists, and have stores of provisions, besides an abundance of geese and other birds. From the place where I was, they said I might reach the lake and its settlements in fifteen...
Page 190 - At such times the natives keep very large canoes in readiness for this emergency; and in the middle of these canoes they throw two or three loads of mud, and make a hearth. The Indian then enters with his wife, children, and household goods, and floats on the rising tide wherever they like. He lights a fire on the hearth to cook his food and for warmth, and thus he voyages for four months of the year, or as long as the floods last. While the waters are rising, he...
Page xl - Vera historia, admirandae cvivsdam nauigationis, quam Huldericus Schmidel, StraUbingensis, ab anno 1534. usque ad annum 1554. in Americam vel nouum mundum, iuxta Brasiliam & Rio della Plata, confecit.
Page 7 - Indians burnt all the provisions, and then took flight, as has been related before. After all this we remained still another month together in great poverty in the town of Bonas Aeieres, until the ships were prepared. At this time the Indians came in great power and force, as many as twentythree thousand men, against us and our town of Bonas Aeieres.
Page 4 - ... judge's report (who for this cause raised a tumult about it in our camp) sent Diego de Mendoza, his own brother, against them with three hundred foot-soldiers and thirty well-armed mounted men— of whom I also was one— straightway charging us to kill or take prisoners all these Indian Quirandis and to take possession of their settlement. But when we came near them, there were now some four thousand men, for they had assembled all their friends. And when we were about to attack them, they defended...

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