|An account of the conquest of Yucatan|
Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas
Amsterdam: van der AA, 1706. An account of Francisco Hernández de Córdoba's expedition from the Spanish colony in Cuba in search of new lands to conquer, taken from Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas's history, He discovered the 'Island' of Yucatan and Campeche in Mexico, capturing two Mayans who were to become the first interpreters in that language for the Spanish. However the reception given by the other natives was not friendly: in one incident Francisco Hernández de Córdoba was hit by ten arrows. Desperate for fresh water the expedition decided to turn for home, sailing via Florida where they did find supplies. Hernández de Córdoba died from his injuries shortly after they reached Cuba.
A second expedition was send under Juan de Grijalva, as recorded here; a third expedition, 1519, was led by Hernando Cortez and resulted in the Spanish conquest of Mexico.