Terra Australis Incognita: The Spanish Quest for the by Miriam Estensen

By Miriam Estensen

Looking the mythical nice South Land, the Spanish conquistadors of the past due sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries sailed from South the USA into the unknown southwestern Pacific. Crossing the planet's greatest ocean in small wood ships with rudimentary navigation, those conquistadors encountered for the 1st time the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, the south coast of recent Guinea, and the east coast of Australia. furthermore, the ebook recounts such little recognized info because the makes an attempt to colonize that led to demise and catastrophe, the violent confrontations and tentative friendships with the indigenous humans, and the quest for King Solomon’s legendary land, Ophir.

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There could be little doubt that Santa Isabel was an island. There is no record of women being violated, despite the details given of other excesses. While native women generally remained in the background of any encounter, there were occasional meetings. But between the discipline maintained by Ortega and the undoubted exhortations of the friars, neither soldiers nor sailors seem to have transgressed in this respect. Any such incidents, however, may have been omitted from the journals. indd 30 4/9/06 9:18:09 AM LAS YSLAS DE SA LOMÓN 31 At the beginning of April, 54 days from the start of her construction, the brigantine Santiago was ready for sea.

Sarmiento’s position on board the Los Reyes is not clear, but certainly it was not as important as his own writings suggest. indd 16 4/9/06 9:18:07 AM T HE FIRST VOYAGE: 1567–1569 17 La Coruña, at sea as a boy and fifteen years later a qualified pilot, serving in Spain’s naval campaigns in the Mediterranean. By 1557 he was on South America’s Pacific coast. Skilled, practical, stubborn and efficient, Gallego knew and exerted his rights as the chief of the expedition’s four pilots, the navigator to whom even the commander must defer.

Catoira mentions a church, probably a thatch structure. Villages were scattered over the hills. There were groves of palms, plantains and other trees, and cultivated fields irrigated by little streams issuing from the forests. Spanish records citing large populations in the Solomon Islands have been questioned, but the extent of cultivation and the virtually countless villages chronicled by the explorers make their claims entirely plausible. On 19 May a party of 22 soldiers and their servants, under Andrés Nuñez, set off for the interior on a six-day exploration trip.

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