A Voyage to South America: Volume 1

A Voyage to South America: Volume 1 : Describing at Large the Spanish Cities, Towns, Provinces, etc. on that Extensive Continent

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Antonio de Ulloa (1716-95) was a Spanish scientist and mathematician. In 1734 he was asked by Philip V of Spain to join the French geodesic expedition to measure the circumference of the Earth at the equator, and accordingly in 1735 Ulloa and his fellow scientist Jorge Juan y Santacilia (1713-73) travelled to South America, staying until 1744. These two volumes contain the English translation of Ulloa's account of South America, first published in 1758. The work was very popular, producing five subsequent editions: this reissue is of the fourth edition of 1806. It provides valuable insights into the social, religious and economic institutions of colonial South America. Volume I contains detailed descriptions of the cities of Carthagena, Panama and Quito and their provinces, including historical, economic and geographical accounts of the cities, together with an ethnological discussion of the indigenous people of Quito.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 b/w illus. 3 maps
  • 1139056360
  • 9781139056366

Table of contents

Preface; Book I: 1. Motives for this voyage; 2. Arrival at Carthagena; 3. Description of Carthagena Bay; 4. Of the inhabitants of Carthagena; 5. Of the climate; 6. Description of the country, and of the trees and plants in the neighbourhood of Carthagena; 7. Of the beasts, birds, reptiles, and insects in the territories of Carthagena; 8. Of the esculent vegetables; 9. Of the trade of Carthagena, and other countries of America, on the arrival of Galleons, etc.; Book II: 1. Departure for Porto Bello; 2. Description of the town of St. Philip de Porto Bello; 3. Description of Porto Bello harbour; 4. Of the climate; 5. Of the inhabitants, plants, trees, and animals about Porto Bello; 6. Of the trade of Porto Bello; Book III: 1. Voyage up the Chagre, and journey from Cruces to Panama by land; 2. Description of the city of Panama; 3. Of the climate and inhabitants of Panama; 4. Of the usual food of the inhabitants, with other observations; 5. Of the trade and commerce of Panama; 6. Extent of the audience of Panama, in the kingdom of Terra Firma; Book IV: 1. Voyage from Perico to Guayaquil; 2. Voyage of Voyage from Perico to Puna; 3. Of our stay at Guayaquil, and measures taken for a journey to the mountains; 4. Description of Guayaquil; 5. Of the inhabitants, customs, and riches; 6. Temperature of the air; 7. Provisions, and manner of living at Guayaquil; 8. Extent of the jurisdiction of Guayaquil; 9. Description of the river of Guayaquil; 10. Of the commerce carried on betwixt the kingdoms of Peru, Terra Firma, and the coast of New Spain; Book V: 1. Passage from Guayaquil to Caracol, and thence to Quito; 2. Difficulties attending our making the necessary observations for measuring the length of an arch of the meridian; 3. The names of the deserts and other places, where the signals were erected for forming the series of triangles for measuring an arch of the meridian, and where the company resided during the operations; 4. Description of Quito; 5. Of the inhabitants of the city of Quito; 6. Temperature of the air; 7. Fertility of its territories, common food of its inhabitants; 8. Of the commerce of Quito; Book VI: 1. Extent of the province of Quito, and the jurisdiction of its audience; 2. Sequel of the account of its jurisdictions; 3. Account of the governments of Popayan and Atacames, belonging to the province of Quito; 4. Description of the governments of Quixos and Macas; 5. Description of the government of Maynas; 6. Of the Indians in the province of Quito; 7. Historical account of the mountains, deserts, and most remarkable cordilleras of the Andes; 8. Sequel of the deserts; 9. Phaenomena observed in the mountainous deserts, and other parts of this province; 10. Of the silver and gold mines in the province of Quito, and the method of extracting the metal; 11. Monuments of the ancient Indians of Quito.
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