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Historical Tales - The Romance of Reality - Volume III   By: (1833-1922)

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Historical Tales The Romance of Reality Volume III

by Charles Morris

Edition 1, (October 9, 2006)

Philadelphia and London J. B. Lippincott Company

Copyright, 1904, by J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY. Copyright, 1908, by J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY.

[Illustration: DEPARTURE OF COLUMBUS.]

DEPARTURE OF COLUMBUS.

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DEPARTURE OF COLUMBUS. A TROPICAL RIVER SCENE. CATHEDRAL OF SAN DOMINGO. LANDING PLACE OF CORTEZ, VERA CRUZ. FLOATING GARDENS ON THE CHENAMPAS. AZTEC IDOLS CARVED IN STONE. DEATH OF ATAHUALPA, FROM A PAINTING IN THE CATHEDRAL AT CALLAO. COFFEE PLANT IN BLOSSOM. THE HARBOR OF VALPARAISO. A TROPICAL BUNGALOW AND PALMS. THE CITY OF PANAMA. INDIANS OF THE PLATEAU. SOUTH AMERICAN NATIVE HUT. BRIDGE ENTERING QUITO. RIO JANEIRO AND HARBOR. INDIAN SPINNING AND WEAVING. THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S PALACE, HAVANA. OLDEST HOUSE IN THE UNITED STATES, SANTA FE. ON THE BORDER OF LAKE CHALCO. HOUSE OF MAXIMILIAN AT QUERETARO.

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THE ISLES OF BEAUTY BEYOND THE SEAS. ALONSO DE OJEDA AND THE CARIB CACIQUE. THE EARLY DAYS OF A FAMOUS CAVALIER. BALBOA AND THE DISCOVERY OF THE PACIFIC. THE ROMANTIC STORY OF THE PRINCE OF TEZCUCO. THE FAMOUS RETREAT OF CORTEZ AND THE SPANIARDS. PIZARRO AND THE INCA'S GOLDEN RANSOM. GONZALO PIZARRO AND THE LAND OF CINNAMON. CORONADO AND THE SEVEN CITIES OF CIBOLA. THE FAITHFUL MIRANDA AND THE LOVERS OF ARGENTINA. LANTARO, THE BOY HERO OF THE ARAUCANIANS. DRAKE, THE SEA KING, AND THE SPANISH TREASURE SHIPS. SIR WALTER RALEIGH AND THE QUEST FOR EL DORADO. MORGAN, THE FREEBOOTER, AND THE RAID ON PANAMA. A DRAMA OF PLUNDER, MURDER, AND REVENGE THE WONDERFUL MARCH OF THE FREEBOOTERS THE CRUELTY OF THE SPANIARDS TO THE INDIANS. CUDJOE, THE NEGRO CHIEF, AND THE MAROONS OF JAMAICA. TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE AND THE REVOLUTION IN HAYTI. BOLIVAR THE LIBERATOR, AND THE CONQUEST OF NEW GRANADA. HIDALGO THE PATRIOT, AND THE GRITO DE DOLORES. PAEZ, THE LLANERO CHIEF, AND THE WAR FOR FREEDOM. THE HANNIBAL OF THE ANDES AND THE FREEDOM OF CHILI. COLONY, EMPIRE, AND REPUBLIC; REVOLUTION IN BRAZIL. FRANCIA THE DICTATOR, THE LOUIS XI. OF PARAGUAY. TACON THE GOVERNOR AND MARTI THE SMUGGLER. KEARNEY'S DARING EXPEDITION AND THE CONQUEST OF NEW MEXICO. THE SECOND CONQUEST OF THE CAPITAL OF MEXICO. WALKER THE FILIBUSTER, AND THE INVASION OF NICARAGUA. MAXIMILIAN OF AUSTRIA AND HIS EMPIRE IN MEXICO. MACEO AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CUBAN INDEPENDENCE. LIEUTENANT HOBSON AND THE SINKING OF THE "MERRIMAC."

THE ISLES OF BEAUTY BEYOND THE SEAS.

The 12th of October, 1492, ranks very high among the important dates in the history of the world. For on that day men from Europe, then the centre of civilization, first gazed on a rich new land beyond the seas, a great virgin continent, destined to become the seat of flourishing civilizations and to play a leading part in the later history of the world. Little did Columbus and his companions, when they saw before them on that famous morning a beautiful island, rising like a pearl of promise from the sparkling tropical sea, dream of what time held in store for that new found land, foreordained to become the "New World" of the nations, the hope of the oppressed, and the pioneer dwelling place of liberty and equality.

But we are here concerned with only what they saw, and this was a green and populous island, so covered with fresh verdure that it seemed to their eyes like a continual orchard. An orchard it was, for many of the trees were laden with new and strange fruits, of rare color and attractive form. Never had they breathed air more pure and fresh, and never had they beheld seas of such crystal clearness or verdure of more emerald hue; and it is not surprising that their eyes sparkled with joy and their souls were filled with wonder and delight as they gazed on this entrancing scene after their long and dreaded journey over a vast and unknown ocean.

Not less strange to the new comers were the people who flocked in numbers from the woods and ran to the shore, where they stood gazing in simple wonder on the ships, winged marvels which had never met their eyes before... Continue reading book >>


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