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Vasco Nuñez de Balboa   By: (1849-1913)

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HEROES OF AMERICAN HISTORY

DE BALBOA

[Illustration: VASCO NUÑEZ DE BALBOA]

VASCO NUÑEZ DE BALBOA

BY FREDERICK A. OBER

HEROES OF AMERICAN HISTORY

ILLUSTRATED

[Illustration]

HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON 1906

Copyright, 1906, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved.

Published October, 1906.

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. THE MAN OF THE BARREL 1

II. LEADER OF A FORLORN HOPE 19

III. BALBOA ASSERTS HIS SUPREMACY 33

IV. BALBOA CAPTURES A PRINCESS 47

V. THE CACIQUES OF DARIEN 64

VI. FIRST TIDINGS OF THE PACIFIC 81

VII. A SEARCH FOR THE GOLDEN TEMPLE 95

VIII. CONSPIRACY OF THE CACIQUES 106

IX. HOW THE CONSPIRACY WAS DEFEATED 120

X. DISSENSIONS IN THE COLONY 134

XI. BALBOA STRENGTHENS HIS ARM 148

XII. THE QUEST FOR THE AUSTRAL OCEAN 162

XIII. ON THE SHORES OF THE PACIFIC 175

XIV. A RIVAL IN THE FIELD 193

XV. PEDRARIAS, THE SCOURGE OF DARIEN 206

XVI. IN THE DOMAIN OF THE DRAGONS 220

XVII. A COMPACT WITH THE ENEMY 234

XVIII. BUILDING THE BRIGANTINES 245

XIX. IMPRISONED AND IN CHAINS 258

XX. THE END OF VASCO NUÑEZ DE BALBOA 269

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VASCO NUÑEZ DE BALBOA Frontispiece PANAMA, DARIEN, AND THE SOUTH SEA Facing p. 1

BALBOA CARRIED ON SHIPBOARD " 16

VILLAGE ON RIVER OF DARIEN " 52

BALBOA AND THE INDIAN PRINCESS " 68

QUARREL FOR THE GOLD " 84

DISCOVERY OF THE PACIFIC " 170

EXECUTION OF BALBOA " 274

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

While Vasco Nuñez de Balboa may be reckoned among the greatest of the minor explorers, yet less has been written of him, perhaps, than of any other in his class except Juan Ponce de Leon. Both names are familiar to every student of history, both are well known even to the casual reader; but both have been strangely neglected by the biographer.

The only complete biography of Balboa (it was declared by an authority several years ago), is that of Don Manuel José de Quintana, who, between the years 1807 and 1834, published his "Spanish Plutarch," or Vidas de Españoles Célebres . This work is considered a classic, and its author (who was born in Madrid, 1772, and died in 1857) lived to see it receive high praise, and some of its subjects honored by translation into other languages than his own vernacular. An English edition, of Balboa and Pizarro , from Quintana's Celebrated Spaniards , was published in London, 1832, as translated by Mrs. Margaret Hodson, and dedicated to Robert Southey, then England's poet laureate.

But there is much material elsewhere to be found pertaining to Balboa, as well as to Pizarro, and no lack of original documents, such as letters that passed between Vasco Nuñez and the Spanish crown, in the years 1513, 1514 and 1515. Mention is made of Balboa by all the early Spanish writers, of course, such as Martyr, Herrera, and Oviedo, the last named having been personally acquainted with him, as well as with Pedrarias, Pizarro, and all those who were concerned in the exploration and settlement of Darien, Panama, and Peru... Continue reading book >>




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