The Tour of the world project:

Pedro Ordóñez de Ceballos,
El viaje del mundo (Madrid: 1614).

Book I, Chapter 18 (Part 3)

Monday, October 29th, 2012

[44v continued] The letter from the friar read as follows: ‘A few days after we set off and you went to Valledupar, we walked to the great Sierra de Omagua, which can be seen from many leagues around. On the eighth day, a cacique called Tavaido appeared, with his subjects, and bid us peace, and […]

Book I, Chapter 18 (Part 2)

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

[43v] I asked him to tell me more things, and he replied, ‘I will, because these Caciques who are present before us are eye witnesses, and know that in this parish they have not had a more saintly priest than fray Luis, or one with such faith and such ability to preach it, or such […]

Book I, Chapter 18 (Part 1)

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

[42v continued] Chapter XVIII: A few things about the great saint fray Luis Beltrán. That night, when I reached Cipacua, an old man arrived who had been the steward of those towns, which belonged to the Crown, for many years. We had a long conversation, in which he said: ‘even though this town and another […]

Book I, Chapter 17 (Part 3)

Friday, October 26th, 2012

[42v] Eventually, I came across the steward [of that plantation], who had seen my clothes. He was an hidalgo also called Ceballos, and as a result loved me dearly. I had found him that position, and jobs in three towns belonging to García de Serpa. They heard in Cartagena that I was lost, and Ortiz […]

Book I, Chapter 17 (Part 2)

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

[41r continued] We parted company, and I headed to Valledupar, which is a city of Spaniards in the jurisdiction of my friend Governor Cáceres. I was delighted to see him there, because he reminded me of our holy pilgrimage to Jerusalem. He gave me many gifts. [41v] Then I went to Tamalameque, and up the […]

Book I, Chapter 17 (Part 1)

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

[40v continued] Chapter XVII: On the expedition organised to el Dorado, and how I stayed behind by the mercy of God. When His Majesty of Heaven decides something, since everything is in His hand and divine will, there is no human will or desire that can prevail against the course set by the soft and […]

Book I, Chapter 16 (Part 3)

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

[39v continued] The General and Maestre de Campo of the runaways decided that they would attack as soon as their soldiers had tended to their wounds, as the moon was out, and they had the advantage of lightness and knowledge of the land, both to retreat and to attack. Polonia tried to dissuade them. She […]

Book I, Chapter 16 (Part 2)

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

[38v continued] My lieutenant ran up the hill, and his retreat was as valuable as victory. The black man was bleeding to death, and not worth my attention. I took the woman aside, to where we had first spoken, where she said: ‘you did not leave me to kill my General. Now you must defeat […]

Book I, Chapter 16 (Part 1)

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

[38r continued] Chapter XVI: On the other things that happened on this expedition. Just as the black woman attacked me with her club, a black man came running down the hill, fleeing from the lieutenant, who wanted to kill him, having killed the other two. And after him came Martín, the one who had been […]

Book I, Chapter 15 (Part 2)

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

[36r continued] In that estate, which is on the road to Barranca, was a one-eyed steward. And everything that belonged to him had to be one-eyed as well. And so even horses, [36v] dogs, cats, birds, and other living things in his house, all had one eye, as did an Indian woman who served him. […]