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An account of the conquest of Yucatan
An account of the conquest of YucatanAntonio de Herrera y Tordesillas
De Rampspoedige Scheeps-Togt van Franciscus Hernandez de Cordua, ter nieuwe Ontdekking na Jukatan ondernomen; door Jean de Gryalva, met IV Scheepen tot aan de Kust van Nieuw-Spanjen Voorspoediglyk agt
Amsterdam: van der AA, 1706. Extract, folio, larger half vellum with marbled boards; title with engraved vignette, pp. 6-55, Dutch text, + 2pp index; frontis. folding map & three text engravings. 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.



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