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The English-American : A New Survey of the West Indies, 1648

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First published in 1928. 'Can be safely named unique and can never quite lose its value.' Times Literary Supplement. 'This should be bought not borrowed.' Saturday Review The publication in 1648 of the first authentic account of the provinces of New Spain and Central America by a well-known and educated Englishman excited widespread interest, and The English-American found many readers even though the country was in the midst of revolution. It played an important part in reviving the anti-Spanish policy of Elizabeth and describes at first hand a stage of American society that was virtually unknown. A. P. Newton's introduction places the book against the background of its time, which is vital in order to understand many of Thomas Gage's allusions. Although abridged from the original, the full chapter headings of the First Edition and the original numbering have been preserved.show more

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  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 23.88mm | 521g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • 1138867705
  • 9781138867703

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1. Of the mission sent by the Dominicans to the Philippines in the year 16252. Of the Indian Fleet that departed from Cadiz, Anno Dom. 1625 and of some remarkable passages in that voyage3. Of our discovery of some islands, and what trouble befell us in one of them4. Of our further sailing to St John de Ulhua, alias Vera Cruz; and our landing there5. Of our landing at Vera Cruz, otherwise St John de Ulhua, and of our entertainment there6. Of our journey from St John de Ulhua to Mexico; and of the most remarkable towns and villages in the way7. A description of the town of Tlaxcala8. Concluding the rest of our journey from Tlaxcala to Mexico, through the city of Angels, and Guacocingo9. Shewing some particulars of the great and famous City of Mexico in former times, with a true description of it now, and of the state and condition of it the year 162510. Shewing my journey from Mexico to Chiapa southward, and the most remarkable places in the way11. Describing the country of Chiapa, with the chiefest towns and commodities belonging unto it12. Shewing my journey from the city of Chiapa unto Guatemala, and the chief places in the way13. Describing the dominion, government, riches, and greatest of the city of Guatemala, and country belonging unto it14. Shewing the condition, quality, fashion, and behaviour of the Indians of the country of Guatemala since the Conquest, and especially of their feasts and yearly solemnities15. Shewing how and why I departed out of Guatemala to learn the Poconchi language, and to live among the Indians, and of some particular passages and accidents whilst I lived there16. Shewing my journey from the town of Petapa into England; and some Chief passages in the way17. Shewing how, and for what causes, after I had arrived in England, I took yet another journey to Rome, and other parts of Italy, and returned again to settle myself in this my countryshow more

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