Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatán, Vol. 2 cover

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatán, Vol. 2

John Lloyd Stephens (1805-1852)

1. 01 - Visit to the Volcano of Masaya; Lake of Managua
2. 02 - Baneful Effects of Party Spirit; Importance of a Passport
3. 03 - Eruption of 1835; Prejudice against Foreigners
4. 04 - Depredations of Rascon; Subterranean Fires
5. 05 - Surrender of the Town; Diplomacy
6. 06 - The Town Taken by General Morazan; Plans Deranged
7. 07 - Arrival at Guatimala; A Sketch of the Wars
8. 08 - Purchasing a Ruined City; The Captain in Trouble
9. 09 - Last Interview with Carrera; Departure from Guatemala
10. 10 - A Sacred Stone; Losing a Good Friend
11. 11 - Whipping Posts; Ruins of Quiche
12. 12 - Description of the Ruins; A Facetious Cura
13. 13 - Royal Bird of Quiche; Another Ruined City
14. 14 - Preparations for Holy Week; The Crucifixion
15. 15 - Sierra Madre; A Huge Skeleton
16. 16 - A Forest on Fire; Entry into Mexico
17. 17 - Scarcity of Soap; A Curious Cave
18. 18 - Indian Carriers; Ride in a Silla
19. 19 - Village of Palenque; Ruins of Palenque
20. 20 - Discovery of the Ruins of Palenque; Mammoth Fireflies
21. 21 - Mode of Life at Palenque: Description of the Palace
22. 22 - Effect of Insect Stings; A Scene of the Sublime and Terrible
23. 23 - Human Figures; Remarkable Hieroglyphics
24. 24 - Negotiations for Purchasing Palenque; Adventure with a Monstrous Ape
25. 25 - Embarcation for the Laguna; Shooting Alligators
26. 26 - Arrival at the Laguna; Journey to Merida
27. 27 - Value of Water; A Peculiar Kind of Coach
28. 28 - House of the Dwarf; An Indian Legend
29. 29 - Who built these ruined Cities?; Accounts of the Spanish Historians
30. 30 - Probable Antiquity of these Ruins; Exploration Finished
31. 31 - Getting Lost at Sea; Passage to New York

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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 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 their discoveries and also his travels in Central America, while Catherwood directs his immense artistic talent to illustrating views of Mayan architecture. Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatán was a best seller in its day and has been called an “Indiana Jones” saga by modern reviewers.