Rivers of Gold

Author: Tracie Peterson

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 383

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Rescued after being swept overboard, Miranda tries to find her way back to safety and is assisted by a botanist. Yukon Quest book 3.

Rivers of Gold

The Rise of the Spanish Empire, from Columbus to Magellan

Author: Hugh Thomas

Publisher: Random House

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 720

View: 941

From one of the greatest historians of the Spanish world, here is a fresh and fascinating account of Spain’s early conquests in the Americas. Hugh Thomas’s magisterial narrative of Spain in the New World has all the characteristics of great historical literature: amazing discoveries, ambition, greed, religious fanaticism, court intrigue, and a battle for the soul of humankind. Hugh Thomas shows Spain at the dawn of the sixteenth century as a world power on the brink of greatness. Her monarchs, Fernando and Isabel, had retaken Granada from Islam, thereby completing restoration of the entire Iberian peninsula to Catholic rule. Flush with success, they agreed to sponsor an obscure Genoese sailor’s plan to sail west to the Indies, where, legend purported, gold and spices flowed as if they were rivers. For Spain and for the world, this decision to send Christopher Columbus west was epochal—the dividing line between the medieval and the modern. Spain’s colonial adventures began inauspiciously: Columbus’s meagerly funded expedition cost less than a Spanish princess’s recent wedding. In spite of its small scale, it was a mission of astounding scope: to claim for Spain all the wealth of the Indies. The gold alone, thought Columbus, would fund a grand Crusade to reunite Christendom with its holy city, Jerusalem. The lofty aspirations of the first explorers died hard, as the pursuit of wealth and glory competed with the pursuit of pious impulses. The adventurers from Spain were also, of course, curious about geographical mysteries, and they had a remarkable loyalty to their country. But rather than bridging earth and heaven, Spain’s many conquests bore a bitter fruit. In their search for gold, Spaniards enslaved “Indians” from the Bahamas and the South American mainland. The eloquent protests of Bartolomé de las Casas, here much discussed, began almost immediately. Columbus and other Spanish explorers—Cortés, Ponce de León, and Magellan among them—created an empire for Spain of unsurpassed size and scope. But the door was soon open for other powers, enemies of Spain, to stake their claims. Great men and women dominate these pages: cardinals and bishops, priors and sailors, landowners and warriors, princes and priests, noblemen and their determined wives. Rivers of Gold is a great story brilliantly told. More significant, it is an engrossing history with many profound—often disturbing—echoes in the present.

Rivers of Gold, Lives of Bondage

Governing Through Slavery in Colonial Quito

Author: Sherwin K. Bryant

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 221

Rivers of Gold, Lives of Bondage: Governing through Slavery in Colonial Quito

Mountains of Silver and Rivers of Gold

The Phoenicians in Iberia

Author: Ann Neville

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 968

The traditional picture of the Phoenicians in Iberia is that of wily traders drawn there by the irresistible lure of the fabulous mineral wealth of the El Dorado of the ancient world. However, a remarkable series of archaeological discoveries, starting in the 1960s, have transformed our understanding of the Phoenicians and allow us to glimpse a picture of life in the Far West that is far richer, and more complex, than the traditional mercantile hypothesis. Drawing on literary and archaeological sources, this books offers an in-depth analysis of the Phoenicians in Iberia: their settlements, material culture, contacts with the local people, and activities; agricultural and cultural, as well as commercial. It concludes that the Phoenician presence in Iberia gave rise to a truly western form of Phoenician culture, one that was enriched and drew from contacts with the local population, forming a characteristic identity, still visible on the arrival of the Romans in the Peninsula.

Rivers of Gold

The Rise of the Spanish Empire, from Columbus to Magellan

Author: Hugh Thomas

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 696

View: 121

A history of Spain's first thirty years in the Americas traces Columbus's famous pioneering voyage through Magellan's first circumnavigation of the earth, in an account that offers insight into the period's political climate and profiles the era's monarchs and explorers. 20,000 first printing.

River of Gold, River of Blood

Author: John R. Pickett

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

View: 996

I have done some traveling to the tropics and became infatuated with the climate and the terrain of rain forests. I went to Costa Rica, to the Bahamas and later to Indonesia. These travels inspired this book.

The Fraser River Gold Rush of 1858

As Reported by the California Newspapers of 1858 : was it a "humbug?"

Author: Lewis John Swindle

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 290

View: 527

This book is about the gold rush which took place in the Fraser River and vicinity in 1858, which was within the British Possession and the Washington Territory, now called British Columbia and the State of Washington. This book covers the Fraser River Gold Rush from its infancy to what could be considered its conclusion, as viewed by the California newspapers. This book is somewhat unusual as it tells the chronological history of the gold rush as it unfolded and progressed, by using newspaper articles from that era. The news articles themselves were, in most cases, letters which had been written by many of the miners or correspondents who went to the area, either to dig for gold or report on what was happening. Many of the letters capture the experiences of the writer and his ordeal in trying to reach the gold fields, as well as the latest news of the day. Over 25% of the California miners would go to this place called the Fraser River, not believing in the perils and danger that awaited them until actually faced by them. As some would say, crossing the plains was nothing in comparison to trying to reach the gold fields of the Fraser River and vicinity. This book readily depicts their reason for saying so.

Underground Rivers

from the River Styx to the Rio San Buenaventura with Occasional Diversions

Author: Richard J. Heggen

Publisher: Richard Heggen

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page: 1552

View: 141

Underground rivers in science, history, the arts and any number of sightings elsewhere

Map of Alaska Showing Known Gold-bearing Rocks

With Descriptive Text Containing Sketches of the Geography, Geology, and Gold Deposits and Routes to the Gold Fields

Author: Geological Survey (U.S.)

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Alaska

Page: 44

View: 687