Incidents Of Travel In Yucatan

Incidents Of Travel In Yucatan BOOKS Incidents Of Travel In Yucatan By John Lloyd Stephens This Is The Complete Edition, Volumes I And II In One Single Book This Edition Also Is Fully Illustrated And Contains An Introduction About How This Book Really Was Written.In His Incidents Of Travel In Central America, Chiapas, And Yucatan, The Author Intimated His Intention To Make A Thorough Exploration Of The Ruins Of The Latter Country That Intention Has Since Been Carried Into Effect, And The Following Pages Are The Result They Describe, As The Author Has Reason To Believe, The Most Extensive Journey Ever Made By A Stranger In That Peninsula, And Contain The Account Of Visits To Forty Four Ruined Cities, Or Places In Which Remains Or Vestiges Of Ancient Population Were Found The Existence Of Most Of These Ruins Was Entirely Unknown To The Residents Of The Capital But Few Had Ever Been Visited By White Inhabitants They Were Desolate, And Overgrown With Trees For A Brief Space The Stillness That Reigned Around Them Was Broken, And They Were Again Left To Solitude And Silence Time And The Elements Are Hastening Them To Utter Destruction In A Few Generations, Great Edifices, Their Fa Ades Covered With Sculptured Ornaments, Already Cracked And Yawning, Must Fall, And Become Mere Shapeless Mounds It Has Been The Fortune Of The Author To Step Between Them And The Entire Destruction To Which They Are Destined And It Is His Hope To Snatch From Oblivion These Perishing, But Still Gigantic Memorials Of A Mysterious People The Descriptions Are Accompanied By Full Illustrations From Daguerreotype Views And Drawings Taken On The Spot By Mr Catherwood, And The Engravings Were Executed Under His Personal Superintendence.This Edition Comes Fully Illustrated With Lots Of Drawings And Maps And Is Optimized For Kindle Readers. Stephens previous book, Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas Yucatan, 2 Vols was a great adventure story and had me flipping pages just to see how these men would actually make it back home alive at some points in the narrative This one continues their travels a couple of years later, this time through the Yucatan, where they made a circuit of several ruins from Cop n to Tulum While the going was not at all easy they battled ticks, mosquitoes, malaria, dense jungles, rough terrain and to explore this region, they managed to make history with this journey Their wonder at these discoveries is well documented in this book, along with Stephens theories about the people who built these once flourishing cities and Catherwood s brilliant illustrations An amazing read, and highly recommended
For my 50th birthday, my wife and I spent a week in Valladolid, taking day trips to various Mayan sites Some sites, like Ek Balam, we had completely to ourselves It was desolate, and only partially excavated Having now read Incidents of Travel, I am so envious of John Stephens and the amazing exploration he undertook in the mid 1800s On our drive from Cancun to Valladolid, we passed numerous thatched houses, hidden in the woods They are probably modern versions of structures described by Mr Stephens, similar to houses Mayans have been inhabiting for centuries.The most impressive aspect of this 170 year old work is its objectivity Mr Stephens admires the Mayan people, and abhors bullfighting and subjugation of the Mayans to the Spanish He points out the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, but esteems the priests nonetheless The book is an interesting window into a region that that gets all too little at
As an archeological examination of ruins in Mexico, John Lloyd Stephen s book is very successful, but as a travel and adventure narrative which is how it is marketed but not necessarily Stephens aim while writing it doesn t The narrative is too dry as Stephens documents ruin after ruin with only a modest bit of speculation about the ancient people who built them His efforts to pry out and carry away interesting bits of the temples makes him seem like a grave robber
I picked this up 17 years ago in Mexico when my husband and I were touring various Mayan sites Very professional almost textbook like book on Stephen s archeological trips through Central America The illustrations are amazing There s a lot
This book is remarkable It was written in the late 1830s and was a run away best seller for a decade or It has been in continuous print since the first edition.John Lloyd Stephens and his friend Frederick Catherwood were adventurers They did a set of trips to Egypt and Turkey but in the late 1830s Stephens was appointed an ambassador to the Central American Republic The US Administration was tying to continue commercial relations with the area which was in turmoil with a bloody and confusing civil war While he took his diplomatic responsibilities seriously, as much as anyone in a country in chaos could, his real purpose was to do an investigation of the ruins in Guatemala and the Yucatan Catherwood used a camera obscura to do some of the illustrations but after that was destroyed continued to do detailed drawings he was an architect and one of the treats of this book is his illustrations.To describe the travels they undertook as treacherous is to understate the point in extreme The two travelers endured all sorts of privations and both ultimately succumbe
Absolutely incredible I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys travel, adventure, history, architecture, art and mystery Very lucky to have this first hand account of the discovery of ancient structures in the Yucatan jungle, as well as the beautiful drawings from Catherwood. Al llegar a vivir a Yucat n comenc a leer este libro Es una extraordinaria narraci n de los lugares visitados y hechos acontecidos al grupo de aventureros conformado por John Loyd Stephens, Frederick Cathe
This amazing trek shows how well intentioned travellers in the 19th century plowed their way through ancient sites in this case, Mayan ruins pillaging merrily along the way I suppose the upside is that others were able to go there late
The sixteenth century Pope s quote in the conclusion on P 275 276 is a fearful example of the power of the written word to subdue a people By 1547, complete Spanish control reigned over Yucatan, though even as late as 1550 there were only 1550 Spanish in all of the colonial proviince. Got about halfway through and it was due at the library I had to force myself to read that far I think it would of been a lot interesting for me if I was into archeology or planning a visit to that area or had been there It is essentially a cataloging of ruins.