Invading Colombia: Spanish Accounts Of The Gonzalo Jimnez De Quesada Expedition Of Conquest (Latin American Originals) (Volume 1)

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  • Publish Date: 2008-01-15
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: J. Michael Francis

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In early April 1536, Gonzalo Jimnez 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 Jimnez expedition was larger than the combined forces under Hernando Corts and Francisco Pizarro. Over the course of the one-year campaign, nearly three-quarters of Jimnezs 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 Jimnez expedition, the early stages of the Spanish conquest of Muisca territory, and the foundation of the city of Santa F de Bogot. We follow the expedition from the Canary Islands to Santa Marta, up the Magdalena River, and finally into Colombias eastern highlands. These highly engaging 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.

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