Vasco Nuñez de Balboa

Paperback | January 2, 2012

byFrederick Albion Ober

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Excerpt: ... THE END OF VASCO NUNEZ DE BALBOA 1517 WE are compelled, in this chapter, to narrate the details of a horrible crime, to commit which the name of justice was invoked by its perpetrator, Pedro Arias de Avila, the one-time governor of Darien. We have followed the hero qf this story, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, through the various stages of his career: a penniless adventurer, selfelected governor of Darien, savior of the settlement when on the point of dissolution, subjugator of the caciques, discoverer of the Pacific,--faithful servant of the king,[builder of the first brigantines that ploughed' the waters of the great Southern Ocean. We are now to behold him led forth from his prison cell as a criminal, a traitor to his sovereign, and executed in the very town which was founded, through his unwearied efforts, in chief Careta's province. He was then scarcely forty-two years of age, in the prime of life, seven long years of which had been passed in the wilderness of Darien. He had labored, he had fought, he had committed crimes against humanity-- all that his sovereign might acquire a realm beyond the sea--and this was his reward: to perish as a felon, to die as a traitor, "in the full career of his glory, one of the most deserving of the Spanish discoverers--a victim to the basest and most perfidious envy." He had, indeed, deserved well of his king, for of all the Spaniards who explored the regions of America, he was one of the greatest, the most persistent in carrying the flag of his country into unknown lands, in compelling the inhabitants to accept his religion and acknowledge the sovereignty of Spain. He was not the first of the Spanish explorers and conquistadores to experience that king's ingratitude, nor the last to meet a violent death. Columbus and Cortes died in their beds, but th...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Excerpt: ... THE END OF VASCO NUNEZ DE BALBOA 1517 WE are compelled, in this chapter, to narrate the details of a horrible crime, to commit which the name of justice w...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021790467X

ISBN - 13:9780217904674

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