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Title Invading Colombia : Spanish accounts of the Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada expedition of conquest / J. Michael Francis [compiler].

Published University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  986.1 INVA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xix, 125 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Series Latin American originals ; 1.
Latin American originals ; 1.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [113]-117) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction: The Other Andean Conquest -- 2. Three Capitulaciones: Don Pedro Fernandez de Lugo and the Governorship of Santa Marta -- 3. By Land and by Sea: From Santa Marta to La Tora -- 4. Into the Highlands: From La Tora to Muisca Territory -- 5. Treasure, Torture, and the Licenciado's Return.
Summary "In early April 1536, Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada led a military expedition from the coastal city of Santa Marta deep into the interior of what is today modern Colombia. With roughly eight hundred Spaniards and numerous native carriers and black slaves, the Jimenez expedition was larger than the combined forces under Hernando Cortes and Francisco Pizarro. Over the course of the one-year campaign, nearly three-quarters of Jimenez's men perished, most from illness and hunger. Yet, for the 179 survivors, the expedition proved to be one of the most profitable campaigns of the sixteenth century. Unfortunately, the history of the Spanish conquest of Colombia remains virtually unknown." "Through a series of firsthand primary accounts, translated into English for the first time, Invading Colombia reconstructs the compelling tale of the Jimenez expedition, the early stages of the Spanish conquest of Muisca territory, and the foundation of the city of Santa Fe de Bogota. We follow the expedition from the Canary Islands to Santa Marta, up the Magdalena River, and finally into Colombia's eastern highlands. These highly accounts not only challenge many current assumptions about the nature of Spanish conquests in the New World, but they also reveal a richly entertaining, yet tragic, tale that rivals the great conquest narratives of Mexico and Peru."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Francis, J. Michael (John Michael)
Subject Jiménez de Quesada, Gonzalo, -1579.
Colombia -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish.
Colombia -- History -- To 1810 -- Sources.
ISBN 9780271029368 (paperback: alk. paper)
0271029366 (paperback: alk. paper)