The Conquerors Of The New World And Their Bondsmen (volume 1); Being A Narrative Of The Principal…

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bySir Arthur Helps

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. Ovando's Government, And The Events Connected With It. N considering history, nothing is more curious to reflect upon than the chance way, as it seems to us, in which the particular actors come before us. These Indians, for instance, whom we have met with in the course of this narrative, will always have a certain place in history; and how strange it is to find them there. For centuries, many such as Guacanagari and many such as Caonabo had shot off" their puny arrows, smoked their long pipes, and gone down to the shades of their forefathers "unwept, unhonoured and unsung," at least by Europeans: when, suddenly, amongst the listless threads of Indian affairs is plied the busy shuttle of European enterprize, till they come out woven into something like historical tapestry; and the relationships and alliances of petty Caciques become part of a story which I think, if it be moderately well told, the world will always listen to. Now, if we men had the making of history, we should, I suppose, choose to have the game played by the best pieces on the board: but how much more interesting it is after all, that history embraces almost every variety of human character as well as of human circumstance. There is no class or kind of person, for example, to whom supreme power has not been entrusted. The real king, the good sort of man, the utter sensualist, the mere soldier, the intriguer, the idiot, the madman, have all been crowned: nor, in our own times, have we been without instances of most unlikely persons being suddenly called to supreme power, to see what they could make of it. In our present narrative nothing can be more abrupt than the change from Columbus to the two governors who succeeded him: both soldiermonks, probably with a certain narrow way ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. Ovando's Government, And The Events Connected With It. N considering history, nothing is more curious to reflect up...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217579108

ISBN - 13:9780217579100

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