Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Volume 1

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Harper & brothers, 1855 - Yucatán (Mexico : State)
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Page 48 - Well would it have been for Columbus had he followed their advice. Within a day or two he would have arrived at Yucatan, the discovery of Mexico and the other opulent countries of New Spain would have necessarily followed, the Southern Ocean would have been disclosed to him, and a succession of splendid discoveiies would have shed fresh glory on his declining age, instead of its sinking amidst gloom, neglect, and disappointment.
Page 442 - according to all sources of information, confirmed by the testimony of Don Cosme de Burgos, one of the conquerers, and a writer (but whose observations have been lost).' Therefore the 8 Ahau Katun began on the second day of that year; the 6 Ahau Katun, 24 years later, in 1416; the 4 Ahau in 1440; the 2, in 1464; the 13, in 1488; the 11, in 1512; the 9, in 1536; the 7, in...
Page 431 - There is reason to believe that some of the chambers in the pavilion of Remeses III., at Medeenet Haboo, were arched with stone, since the devices on the upper part of their walls show that the fallen roofs had this form. At...
Page 94 - I repeat my opinion that we are not warranted in going back to any ancient nation of the Old World for the builders of these cities ; that they are not the work of people who have passed away and whose history is lost, but that there are strong reasons to believe them the creations of the same races who inhabited the country at the time of the Spanish conquest, or some not very distant progenitors.
Page 227 - Stephens, speaking of some ruins in Yucatan, says — " The only way of descending was to tie a rope around the body, and be lowered by the Indians. In this way I was let down, and almost before my head had passed through the hole, my feet touched the top of a heap of rubbish, high directly under the hole, and falling off at the sides. Clambering down it I found myself in a round chamber, so filled with rubbish that I could not stand upright. With a candle in my hand, I crawled all round on my hands...
Page 430 - It would seem that the arch, as thus defined, and as used by the Romans, was not known to the Greeks in the early periods of their history, otherwise a language so copious as theirs, and of such ready application, would not have wanted a name properly Greek by which to distinguish...
Page 324 - January, 1688," &c., &c., and concluding with these words : " In virtue of the power and authority which by the same title is given to me by the said governor, complying with its terms, I took by the hand the said Lorenzo de Evia, and he walked with me all over Uxmal and its buildings. opened and shut some doors that had...
Page 181 - This stone is striking for its uncouth and irregular proportions, and wants conformity with the regularity and symmetry of all around. From its conspicuous position, it doubtless had some important use, and, in connexion with other monuments found at this place, induces the belief that it was connected with the ceremonial rites of an ancient worship known to have existed among all Eastern nations.
Page iii - the most extensive 'journey ever made by a stranger in that peninsula; and con* tains accounts of visits to forty-four ruined cities, or places, in ' which remains, or vestiges of ancient population, were found. ' The existence of most of these ruins was entirely unknown to ' the residents of the capital; but few had ever been visited by ( white inhabitants : they were desolate, and overgrown with ' trees. For a brief space the stillness that reigned around ' them was broken, and they were again...
Page 173 - ... by itself an entire subject; but every ornament or combination is made up of separate stones, on each of which part of the subject was carved, and which was then set in its place in the wall. Each stone, by itself, was an unmeaning fractional part ; but, placed by the side of others, helped to make a whole, which without it would be incomplete. Perhaps it may, with propriety, be called a species of sculptured mosaic.

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