Expeditions into the Valley of the Amazons, 1539, 1540, 1639
Valley of the Amazons
Valley of the Amazons, 1539, 1540, 1639

Author: Markham, Clements R. (Clements Robert), Sir, 1830-1916 (translator & editor)
Vega, Garcilaso de la, 1539-1616
Herrera y Tordesillas, Antonio de, -1625
Acuña, Christóbel de, 1597-
Responsibility: translated and edited, with notes, by Clements R. Markham
Corporate Author: Hakluyt Society
Place: London
Publisher: Printed for the Hakluyt Society
Date Published: 1859
Series: Works issued by the Hakluyt Society ; no. 24
Description: lxiv, 190 p. : map ; 22 cm.
Call Number: rg 980 T a
Subject: Pizarro, Gonzalo, -1548--Travel--Napo River Valley (Ecuador and Peru)
Pizarro, Gonzalo, -1548--Travel--Amazon River Valley
Orellana, Francisco de, -approximately 1546--Travel--Napo River (Ecuador and Peru)
Orellana, Francisco de, -approximately 1546--Travel--Amazon River Valley
Orellana, Francisco de, -approximately 1546--Travel--Amazon River
Indians of South America--Amazon River Valley--Early works to 1800
Indians of South America--Amazon River Valley--First contact with Europeans--Early works to 1800
Explorers, Spanish--Biography--Early works to 1800
Explorers--Napo River (Ecuador and Peru)--Biography--Early works to 1800
Explorers--Amazon River Valley--Biography--Early works to 1800
Explorers--Amazon River--Biography--Early works to 1800
Napo River (Ecuador and Peru)--Discovery and exploration--Spanish--Early works to 1800
Amazon River Valley--Discovery and exploration--Spanish--Early works to 1800
Amazon River--Discovery and exploration--Spanish--Early works to 1800
Travellers' writings, Spanish--Early works to 1800
Contents: Expedition of Gonzalo Pizarro to the land of Cinnamon, A.D. 1539-42 / translated from the second part of Garcilasso Inca de la Vega’s "Royal commentaries of Peru" -- The voyage of Francisco de Orellana down the river of the Amazons, A.D. 1540-1 / translated from the sixth decade of A. de Herrera’s "General history of the western Indies" -- New discovery of the great river of the Amazons, by Father Christoval de Acuña, A.D. 1639 / translated from the Spanish edition of 1641 -- List of the principal tribes in the valley of Amazons.
Notes: Spine title: The Valley of the Amazons. Map is folded.
Summary: This volume brings together several rare but significant early Spanish works on the expeditions by the conquistadors over the Andes and into the mighty spread of the Amazon Valley. Their conquest of Peru was not enough for them and they forged eastwards, through Ecuador. They were hoping to find not only gold but cinnamon: the area was known not only as El Dorado but País de la Canela, land of cinnamon. The two principal explorers whose travels are reported here are Gonzalo Pizarro, one of the cruel, rapacious brothers who conquered the Incas, and Francisco de Orellana. From Quito in Ecuador they crossed the Andes together and explored the Napo River: Pizarro then turned back but Orellana went on down the river to where it flows into the Amazon, and eventually sailed all the way down the Amazon, the first European to accomplish this astonishing feat.
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