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Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas & Yucatan, Vol 1 Few explorers have had the experience of uncovering a civilization almost entirely unknown to the world But Stephen s two expeditions to Mexico and Central America inandyielded the first solid information on the culture of the Maya Indians In this work, and in his other masterpiece Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, he tells the story of his travels to someruined Mayan citiesIn this book, he describes the excitement of exploring the magnificent ruined cities of Copan and Palenque, and his briefer excursions to Quirigua, Patinamit, Utatlan, Gueguetenango, Ocosingo, and Uxmal For all these cities, his details are so accurate that recent explorers used the book as a Baedeker to locate ruins forgotten by even the IndiansIn addition to being a great book on archaeological discovery, Stephen s work is also a great travel book Telling of journeying by mule back on narrow paths over unimaginable deep ravines, through sloughs of mud and jungles of heavy vegetation, describing dangers of robbery, revolution, fever, mosquitoes and exotic insects, Stephen s narrative remains penetrating and alive His account of his attempt to buy Copan foris told with the adroitness of a Mark Twain, and his descriptions of Indian life primitive villages a few miles from the ruins, burials, treatment of the sick, customs, amusements, etc never lose their interestFrederick Catherwood s illustrations virtually double the appeal of the book Highly exact, remarkably realistic drawings show overall views, ground plans of the cities, elevations of palaces and temples, free standing sculpture, carved hieroglyphics, stucco bas reliefs, small clay figures, and interior details

10 thoughts on “Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas & Yucatan, Vol 1

  1. David David says:

    I bought an original printing from the 1800 s It has mold and weird things staining the pages, but it is incredible just to hold.

  2. Jim Jim says:

    John Lloyd Stephens s Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas Yucatan is, to my mind, one of the greatest works of 19th century U.S hisorians, ranking on a par with the likes of Francis Parkman, William H Prescott, and John Loth

  3. Leonide Martin Leonide Martin says:

    John Stevens and Frederick Catherwood s travels in the Maya lands became famous as soon as they were published in the mid 1850s These travel stories intrigued readers with their detailed descriptions of exotic landscapes and enigmatic peopl

  4. Todd Stockslager Todd Stockslager says:

    Review title Journals of a disinterested diplomat Stephens was appointed in 1839 as the diplomatic representative of the US government to Central America When he arrived to find his post to be in the midst of civil wars and dissolution into mul

  5. Michelle Boyer-Kelly Michelle Boyer-Kelly says:

    A Fun Travel Narrative Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan was a joyous read for several reasons, and, admittedly, I read through the entire volume in one sitting Initially, my first response when reading is to analyze the i

  6. Jeffrey Covey Jeffrey Covey says:

    I know the highlights of Stephens and Catherwood s journeys from Jungle of Stone but wanted Stephens s full descriptions of the sites I ve visited and plan to visit This first of his four volumes has little about Mayan ruins He s still pursuing his off

  7. Wendy Wendy says:

    An interesting travel journal of an American government representative in Central America in the 1830 s Did you know before Panama they considered putting the canal in Guatemala Descriptions of scenery and ruins are vivid, especially Easter week procession

  8. Roland Roland says:

    Standard 1800s style racism aside, this is a fascinating glimpse at Central America during this era There s also some delightful unintentional comedy when the author, apparently horrified that someone would be named Jesus in Latin America, decided to refer to

  9. Hancock Hancock says:

    This is wonderful book I look forward to volume 2.

  10. Elena Elena says:

    Okay, I lied, I read up to page 283, and put it down about three months ago Not because I stopped liking it, but because it is not what they call light reading and after carrying it around and getting as far as I did in the amount of time I did, I calculated the avera

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