The Amazon Adventure

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Illustrated rustic ISBN: 9788490074909
Hardcover ISBN: 9788411267267

Under the title The Adventure of the Amazon an anthology was published that includes this text by Gaspar de Carvajal together with other documents written by other conquerors. This edition includes only the chronicle of Carvajal. In Linkgua we have published an anthology, independent of this, with the title of Discovery of the Amazon River. It contains the chronicles of other participants in the expedition.
In December 1541, Captain Francisco de Orellana, with fifty men and the Dominican friar Gaspar de Carvajal, left the camp of Gonzalo Pizarro to look for food. They reached the confluence of the Napo and the Trinidad, but found no provisions. Unable to turn back by the force of the current, they decided to continue downstream, until they reached the mouth of the Amazon.
Orellana and his men saw each other, with scarce physical means. Thus crossing the great river today called Amazon and making the first complete navigation of its course, from the Ecuadorian Andes to the Atlantic Sea. On September 11 of the following year, 1542, this maritime odyssey ended with the landing on the island of Cubagua (Nueva Cádiz).
Francisco de Orellana after surviving the journey through the Amazon, returned to Spain and was accused of treason by Gonzalo Pizarro.
Gaspar de Carvajal, left written the “relationship” of this trip. Here at all times he takes special care to make clear the innocence of Orellana, restoring the honor and safeguarding the fame of his captain.
The data of the expedition, recorded by Fray Gaspar de Carvajal provide information of great ethnological interest. Describe

  • the layout and size of the villages,
  • continuous occupation along the ravines of the river,
  • wide roads that connect the Amazon River with the mainland,
  • war tactics,
  • Rituals
  • customs
  • and aboriginal utensils.

Upon his return to Peru, Carvajal was elected subprior of the convent of San Rosario in Lima. In this position, he was chosen to arbitrate between the viceroy, and the auditors of the Royal Audience in 1554. After the pacification of Peru, he was sent by his superiors as a missionary to Tucumán, being named protector of the Indians.
This edition of The Adventure of the Amazon contains notes by Luis Augusto Cuervo.

Reference edition: Seville, 1894 by Juan B. Bueno Medina.

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