Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, Vol. 1 by John Lloyd STEPHENS Part 1/3

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, Vol. 1 by John Lloyd STEPHENS Part 1/3

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, Vol. 1 by John Lloyd STEPHENS (1805 – 1852)
Genre(s): Travel & Geography

Read by: Sue Anderson in English

Chapters:
00:00:00 – 01 – 01 – Arrival at Balize; A Visit to the Carib Indians
00:44:23 – 02 – 02 – Perils by the Way; A well-spiced Lunch
01:29:48 – 03 – 03 – How to roast a Fowl; How to gain a Husband
02:10:28 – 04 – 04 – Arrest; Imprisonment
02:45:06 – 05 – 05 – The State of Honduras; Village of Copan
03:20:47 – 06 – 06 – First View of the Ruins; Thoughts of Buying Copan
03:53:01 – 07 – 07 – Commencement of Explorations; Buying a City
04:27:51 – 08 – 08 – Tablets of Hieroglyphics; Idols Originally Painted
05:01:27 – 09 – 09 – Antiquity of Copan; Separation
05:32:39 – 10 – 10 – Esquipulas; A Death Scene
06:09:02 – 11 – 11 – Murder of Vice-President Flores; Political State of Guatemala
06:49:30 – 12 – 12 – Lazoing; Taking the Black Veil

The year is 1838. The scene is the dense Honduran forest along the Copán River. Two men, John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, are about to rediscover Mayan civilization. Their guide, slashing through the rampant growth with his machete, leads them to a structure with steps up the side, shaped like a pyramid. Next they see a stone column, fourteen feet high, sculptured on the front with a portrait of a man, ‘solemn, stern and well fitted to excite terror,’ covered on the sides with hieroglyphics, and with workmanship ‘equal to the finest monuments of the Egyptians.’ Stephens records these discoveries and also his travels in Central America, where he had been sent by President Van Buren as special ambassador to the ill-fated Republic of Central America. The republic being engulfed in civil war when Stephens arrives in Guatemala, he finds himself dodging revolutionary armies while he hunts for a ‘legitimate government’ to which to present his credentials. Catherwood, meanwhile, directs his immense artistic talent to illustrating views of Mayan architecture. Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan was a best seller in its day and has been called an ‘Indiana Jones’ saga by modern reviewers. (Summary by Sue Anderson)

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