The Spanish Conquest in America: And Its Relation to the History of Slavery and to the Government of Colonies, Volumen 3

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Página 55 - Diverging from the base, and working our way through the thick woods, we came upon a square stone column, about fourteen feet high and three feet on each side, sculptured in very bold relief, and on all four of the sides, from the base to the top. The front was the figure of a man curiously and richly dressed, and the face, evidently a portrait, solemn, stern, and well fitted to excite terror. The back was of a different design, unlike anything we had ever seen before, and the sides were covered...
Página 55 - Egyptians ; one displaced from its pedestal by enormous roots ; another locked in the close embrace of branches of trees, and almost lifted out of the earth ; another hurled to the ground, and bound down by huge vines and creepers; and one standing, with its altar before it, in a grove of trees which grew around it, seemingly to shade and shroud it as a sacred thing ; in the solemn stillness of the woods, it seemed a divinity mourning over a fallen people.
Página 28 - Porque habiendo obispos y otros prelados no dejarían de seguir la costumbre que, por nuestros pecados hoy tienen, en disponer de los bienes de la Iglesia, que es gastarlos en pompas y en otros vicios, en dejar mayorazgos a sus hijos o parientes...
Página 55 - Egypt, we followed our guide, who, sometimes missing his way, with a constant and vigorous use of his machete, conducted us through the thick forest, among half-buried fragments, to fourteen monuments of the same character and appearance, some with more elegant designs, and some in workmanship equal to the finest monuments of the Egyptians...
Página 7 - ... barbas tenía algo prietas, y pocas y ralas, y el cabello que en aquel tiempo se usaba era de la misma manera que las barbas, y...
Página 343 - ... in authority, suspended his judgment until he had heard more of the matter. The next day, and for seven succeeding days, this sermon in song was repeated. In public and in private, the person who insisted most on this repetition was the cacique, and he expressed a wish to fathom the matter, and to know the origin and meaning of these things. The prudent merchants replied, that they only sang what they had heard, that it was not their business to explain these verses, for that office belonged...
Página 439 - ... by the side of Pizarro. Fourteen resolute men, amongst whom was a mulatto, stood by the side of their chief; the rest passed over the line to Tafur. This simple story has been told in a very different way, according to the invincible passion for melo-dramatic representation which people of second-rate imagination delight in, those especially who have not seen much of human affairs and who do not know in how plain and unpretending a manner the greatest things are, for the most part, transacted.
Página 496 - ... by performing their part of the primal covenant between them and the creator ; that nothing has a pure absolute existence but mind or spirit ; that material substancet, as the ignorant call them, are no more than gay pictures presented continually to our minds by the sempiternal artist ; that we must beware of attachment to such phantoms, and attach ourselves exclusively to God, who truly exists in us as we exist solely in him ; that we retain even in this forlorn state of separation from our...
Página 156 - ... ha cabido harta suma y cantidad de oro; pero digo que no ha sido tanta que haya bastado para que yo deje de ser pobre y estar...
Página 346 - No sooner had he proselyte. become a proselyte, than, with all the zeal and energy belonging to that character, he began to preach the new doctrine to his own vassals. He was the first to pull down and to burn his idols ; and many of his chiefs, in imitation of their master, likewise became iconoclasts.

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