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The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Volume II)   By: (1783-1859)

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The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus


Washington Irving.

Venient annis Sæcula seris, quibus Oceanus Vincula rerum laxet, et ingens Pateat tellus, Typhisque novos Detegat Orbes, nec sit terris Ultima Thule.

Seneca: Medea .

Author's Revised Edition.

Vol. II.


Contents of Volume II.

Book XI.

I. Administration of the Adelantado. Expedition to the Province of Xaragua II. Establishment of a Chain of Military Posts. Insurrection of Guarionex, the Cacique of the Vega III. The Adelantado Repairs to Xaragua to receive Tribute IV. Conspiracy of Roldan V. The Adelantado repairs to the Vega in relief of Fort Conception. His Interview with Roldan VI. Second Insurrection of Guarionex, and his Flight to the Mountains of Ciguay VII. Campaign of the Adelantado in the Mountains of Ciguay

Book XII.

I. Confusion in the Island. Proceedings of the Rebels at Xaragua II. Negotiation of the Admiral with the Rebels. Departure of Ships for Spain III. Arrangement with the Rebels IV. Another Mutiny of the Rebels; and Second Arrangement with them V. Grants made to Roldan and his Followers. Departure of several of the Rebels for Spain VI. Arrival of Ojeda with a Squadron at the Western part of the Island. Roldan sent to meet him VII. Manoeuvres of Roldan and Ojeda

Book XIII.

I. Representations at Court against Columbus. Bobadilla empowered to examine into his Conduct II. Arrival of Bobadilla at San Domingo. His violent Assumption of the Command III. Columbus summoned to appear before Bobadilla IV. Columbus and his Brothers arrested and sent to Spain in Chains

Book XIV.

I. Sensation in Spain on the Arrival of Columbus in Irons. His Appearance at Court II. Contemporary Voyages of Discovery III. Nicholas de Ovando appointed to supersede Bobadilla IV. Proposition of Columbus relative to the Recovery of the Holy Sepulchre V. Preparations of Columbus for a Fourth Voyage of Discovery

Book XV.

I. Departure of Columbus on his Fourth Voyage. Refused Admission to the Harbor of San Domingo Exposed to a violent Tempest II. Voyage along the Coast of Honduras III. Voyage along the Mosquito Coast, and Transactions at Cariari IV. Voyage along Costa Rica. Speculations concerning the Isthmus at Veragua V. Discovery of Puerto Bello and El Retrete. Columbus abandons the search after the Strait VI. Return to Veragua. The Adelantado explores the Country. VII. Commencement of a Settlement on the river Belen. Conspiracy of the Natives. Expedition of the Adelantado to surprise Quibian. VIII. Disasters of the Settlement. IX. Distress of the Admiral on board of his Ship. Ultimate Relief of the Settlement. X. Departure from the Coast of Veragua. arrival at Jamaica. Stranding of the Ships.

Book XVI.

I. Arrangement of Diego Mendez with the Caciques for Supplies of Provisions. Sent to San Domingo by Columbus in quest of Relief. II. Mutiny of Porras. III. Scarcity of Provisions. Stratagem of Columbus to obtain Supplies from the Natives. IV. Mission of Diego de Escobar to the Admiral. V. Voyage of Diego Mendez and Bartholomew Fiesco in a Canoe to Hispaniola. VI. Overtures of Columbus to the Mutineers. Battle of the Adelantado with Porras and his Followers.

Book XVII.

I. Administration of Ovando in Hispaniola. Oppression of the Natives. II. Massacre at Xaragua. Fate of Anacaona. III. War with the Natives of Higuey. IV. Close of the War with Higuey. Fate of Cotabanama.


I. Departure of Columbus for San Domingo. His Return to Spain. II. Illness of Columbus at Seville. Application to the Crown for a Restitution of his Honors. Death of Isabella. III... Continue reading book >>

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