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Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, Vol. 1

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Download 01 - Arrival at Balize; A Visit to the Carib Indians audio
Download 02 - Perils by the Way; A well-spiced Lunch audio
Download 03 - How to roast a Fowl; How to gain a Husband audio
Download 04 - Arrest; Imprisonment audio
Download 05 - The State of Honduras; Village of Copan audio
Download 06 - First View of the Ruins; Thoughts of Buying Copan audio
Download 07 - Commencement of Explorations; Buying a City audio
Download 08 - Tablets of Hieroglyphics; Idols Originally Painted audio
Download 09 - Antiquity of Copan; Separation audio
Download 10 - Esquipulas; A Death Scene audio
Download 11 - Murder of Vice-President Flores; Political State of Guatemala audio
Download 12 - Lazoing; Taking the Black Veil audio
Download 13 - Farewell of the Nun; Carrera Heads the Insurgents audio
Download 14 - Interview with Carrera; His Character audio
Download 15 - Party to Mixco; A Night Brawl audio
Download 16 - Volcano de Agua; Cultivation of Cochineal audio
Download 17 - Arrival at the Pacific; A Roving American audio
Download 18 - Arrival of Mr. Catherwood; New Year's Day audio
Download 19 - Hunt for a Government; Attack of Fever and Ague audio
Download 20 - Visit to the Volcano of Izalco; Sickness and Mutiny audio
Download 21 - Zillenthal Patent Self-acting Cold Amalgamation Machine; Coffee Plantations of San Jose audio
Download 22 - View of the Two Seas; Departure for Guatemala audio
Download 23 - Herds of Deer; An Earthquake audio
Download 24 - Belle of Guanacaste; Route of the Great Canal audio
Download 25 - Survey for the Canal; Horrors of Civil War audio
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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 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.

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