The Guanches of Tenerife; The Holy Image of Our Lady of Candelaria, and the Spanish Conquest and Settlement Volume 2, PT. 4, No. 21

The Guanches of Tenerife; The Holy Image of Our Lady of Candelaria, and the Spanish Conquest and Settlement Volume 2, PT. 4, No. 21

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...nor for the enemy to disturb and seek for him. At this time, being the year I494, it happened, by the permission of God, that, as a punishment for the slaughter which the natives had inflicted on the Spaniards in the previous year, the air, owing to the corruption of the dead bodies of those who fell in the battles and encounters, became so baneful that a great pestilence was caused, and there was terrible mortality, which was more serious in the lordships of Tegueste, Tacoronte, and Taoro, although it also extended its ravages to the other parts of the island. A woman of the island announced the pestilence from a precipitous rock, making signs to the Spaniards, and when they came near enough, declaring it to them; asking why they did not come up and occupy the land, for there was no one to fight, no one to fear--all being dead. Seeing this, scouts were sent to examine the country. It was now spring, and the camp was advanced to Laguna, and established there. Thence the Spaniards began to send parties in various directions. They made some incursions into Tegueste and Tacoronte, always bringing back some prisoners, for, owing to the pestilence, our people did not meet with much resistance. Yet, although for this reason the natives did not give much trouble, the hunger and hardships suffered by our people were great, and were the reasons for not pushing forward the conquest. Our people. were reduced in numbers owing to the delays in advancing, to the numerous deaths, to the sickness, miseries, and hardships they were exposed to, and to the serious want of provisions. The land had not been sown on account of the war and pestilence, and the contractors had not fulfilled their engagements. It was with pain that the Governor found that soldiers...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236818261
  • 9781236818263