Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, Vol. 1 by John Lloyd STEPHENS Part 2/3

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, Vol. 1 by John Lloyd STEPHENS Part 2/3

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 – 13 – 13 – The Farewell of the Nun; Carrera Heads the Insurgents
00:38:19 – 14 – 14 – Interview with Carrera; His Character
01:15:29 – 15 – 15 – Party to Mixco; A Night Brawl
01:49:10 – 16 – 16 – Volcano de Agua; Cultivation of Cochineal
02:26:40 – 17 – 17 – Arrival at the Pacific; A Roving American
03:03:44 – 18 – 18 – Arrival of Mr. Catherwood; New Year’s Day
03:34:38 – 19 – 19 – Hunt for a Government; Attack of Fever and Ague
04:11:01 – 20 – 20 – Visit to the Volcano of Izalco; Sickness and Mutiny
04:47:01 – 21 – 21 – Zillenthal Patent Self-acting Cold Amalgamation Machine; Coffee Plantations of San José
05:24:44 – 22 – 22 – View of the Two Seas; Departure for Guatemala
05:59:44 – 23 – 23 – Herds of Deer; An Earthquake
06:33:43 – 24 – 24 – Belle of Guanacaste; Route of the Great Canal

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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