A Historical and Descriptive Narrative of Twenty Years' Residence in South America: Volume 1

A Historical and Descriptive Narrative of Twenty Years' Residence in South America: Volume 1

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In 1804 when W. B. Stevenson (fl. 1803-25) arrived on the small island of Mocha, just off the coast of South America, he stepped onto a continent on the brink of mass revolution. Over the next twenty years, he had an extraordinary range of experiences: as a traveller, a Spanish government official, a prisoner, and as secretary to an ex-Royal Navy admiral turned revolutionary. In this three-volume work, published in 1825, Stevenson gives a dramatic, fascinating account of the life and culture of South America as it began to break free from Spanish colonial rule. Volume 1 focuses on Stevenson's arrival in 1804, his initial impressions, and travels in Chile, Colombia and Peru. It describes food and drink, society and culture, administration and climate. It also covers his imprisonment in Lima by the Spanish authorities.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 b/w illus.
  • 1139060589
  • 9781139060585

Table of contents

1. Arrival at Mocha; 2. Leave Tucapel Viejo, and arrive at Tubul; 3. Account of cultivation of farms, &c. in Araucania; 4. Valdivia; 5. City of Conception de Mocha; 6. Sent to Talcahuano; 7. Leave Talcahuano in the Dolores; 8. Lima, origin of its name; 9. Viceroys and Archbishops of Lima; 10. Taxes, Alcavala; 11. City of Lima; 12. Particular description of parish churches; 13. The population of Lima; 14. Fruits in the gardens of Lima; 15. Visit to Pisco.show more