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The Expedition of Pedro de Ursua and Lope de Aguirre in Search of El Dorado and Omagua in 1560–1
Translated from Fray Pedro Simon's Sixth Historical Notice of the Conquest of Tierra Firme by William Bollaert

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Clements R. Markham
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  • Date Published: April 2010
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108010672

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  • The publications of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made available edited (and sometimes translated) early accounts of exploration. The first series, which ran from 1847 to 1899, consists of 100 books containing published or previously unpublished works by authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and covering voyages to the New World, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. This 1861 volume contains a translation, preceded by an introductory essay, of a narrative by Pedro Simón (b. 1565) describing perhaps the most notorious of the many sixteenth-century expeditions of European soldiers of fortune into the unexplored areas of South America. A band of quarrelling and murderous booty-hunters, motivated by reports of the fabulous wealth of the Inca empire and legends of the golden land of El Dorado, was led by Lope de Aguirre, whose cruelty and treachery themselves became legendary.

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    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108010672
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Clements R. Markham
    1. Gives a brief account of the deeds of Pedro de Ursua before his arrival in Peru
    2. Pedro de Ursua builds the brigantines for the expedition, and makes Pedro de Ramiro his lieutenant-general
    3. Arles and Frias are displeased at having Ramiro among them
    4. People in Peru are fearful of mutiny in Ursua's expedition
    5. Juan de Vargas commences his voyages
    6. From the river Bracamoras the governor continues his voyage to that of Cocama, where he finds Juan de Vargas with his party
    7. The Indians come out to see the expedition
    8. Pedro de Ursua contiunes his course through a desert region
    9. Pedro de Ursua names a provisor or vicar-general for his fleet
    10. The mutineers determine to kill the governor, Pedro de Ursua, and to return to Peru
    11. The cruise of the traitor Aguirre
    12. The new general, Don Fernando, calls a council to discuss matters relative to the projected discovery of the new lands of the Dorado
    13. They leave the village (Machiparo) where they had killed Ursua
    14. Don Fernando comes to an understanding with Lope de Aguirre
    15. The soldiers irritate the Indians
    16. Don Fernando thanks them for his new election
    17. Aguirre addresses the soldiers
    18. Various projects regarding their journey to Pirú
    19. They arrive at an Indian village
    20. Don Fernando calls a council
    21. Difficulties between Captain Lorenzo Salduendo and Aguirre
    22. Aguirre makes his arrangements to kill the Prince Don Fernando and others
    23. Aguirre explains the cause of death of the governor and the others to the camp
    24. They catch an Indian
    25. Going down the river, they fall in with some strongly built houses, where they find cakes of salt
    26. The first Spaniard who sailed out of the mouth of this river was Captain Francisco de Orellana
    27. The maestro del campo, having received Aguirre's orders, departs, and strangles Sancho Pizarro on the road
    28. Aguirre makes prisoners of the governor, alcalde, and their companions
    29. For the love of a roving life, like that which the traitors led, some soldiers of the island join them
    30. Aguirre kills one of his captains
    31. Aguirre kills a captain, named Juan de Turriaga
    32. Aguirre arranges for the execution of the governor and his companions in captivity
    33. The people of the port of Burburata send tidings to the governor of Venezuala and that of Merida, concerning the acts of the traitor
    34. Preparations ordered by the Royal Audience of Sante Fé, and officers appointed
    35. Aguirre marches with his soldiers to Punta de Piedras
    36. Lope de Aguirre writes to the provincial
    37. Aguirre prepares to leave the island
    38. Aguirre orders an old man to be killed
    39. Aguirre embarks with all his people
    40. Garcia de Paredes goes from Merida to Tocuyo with some followers, sent by the governor
    41. Aguirre is informed that some soldiers, who were friendly to him, were in that part of the country
    42. Aguirre kills a tradesman, also a soldier, in this town of Burburata
    43. Aguirre marches, but with much trouble, towards Valencia
    44. The traitor allows the priest of Margarita to return to his dwelling
    45. Aguirre, marching from Valencia to Barquicimeto, comes to a mining settlement, where he falls into some trouble
    46. The maestro del campo, in a narrow part of the road, unexpectedly finds himself in Aguirre's camp
    47. Garcia de Paredes lays hands on some clothes and ammunition belonging to the traitor
    48. Bravo accepts the posts conferred on him by the governor
    49. Aguirre sends sixty arquebusiers to fire into the king's camp at night
    50. Aguirre, having fears of the desertion of his men, retires to his entrenchment
    51. The maestro del campo and Captain Bravo come up towards Aguirre's entrenchment
    52. Gives an account of the country Aguirre came from, his character and customs.

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    Pedro Simón


    William Bollaert


    Clements R. Markham

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