Letters from Vasco Núñez de Balboa

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Illustrated rustic ISBN: 9788490078273

The Letters of Vasco Núñez de Balboa are a direct testimony of the conquest of Panama. Núñez de Balboa shows a fiery and lively prose that conveys the impetus of the New World. Note that these letters were written after fifteen years of stay in the tropics. That is why Núñez’s vision of the jungles of Panama has an unsuspected precision.
Likewise, his letters to King Ferdinand the Catholic try to seduce the crown with the abundant gold that Núñez affirms that the aborigines have.
In a letter dated January 20, 1513, Vasco Núñez de Balboa gives an account to Ferdinand the Catholic of

“the things and the great secrets that there are on this earth, of which God has made you master, and he has let me discover them first than any other.”

Núñez de Balboa, obsessed as he was with leaving everything in writing, took the notary, Andrés de Valderrábano on the expedition with the sole purpose of documenting everything that happened. So when Balboa and several of his faithful, including Valderrábano, are executed, his enemies take care of making all their papers disappear and only two letters are preserved.
Vasco Núñez de Balboa was born in Jerez de los Caballeros (Badajoz), around 1475. He was executed, falsely accused of treason to the king, in Acla, Panama, in 1519. Bartolomé de las Casas described it as:

“A very high and willing mancebo, and good members and strength, of gentle body, gesture of a very knowledgeable man and to suffer much work … crafty and courageous, very nice disposition and beautiful gesture and presence.”

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