Acuña, Cristóbal de, b.1597. A relation of the great river of Amazons in South America: containing all the particulars of Father Christopher d'Acugna's voyage, made at the command of the King of Spain. Taken from the Spanish original of the said Chr. d'Acugna, Jesuit

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Title: A relation of the great river of Amazons in South America: containing all the particulars of Father Christopher d'Acugna's voyage, made at the command of the King of Spain. Taken from the Spanish original of the said Chr. d'Acugna, Jesuit

Published in: Voyages and discoveries in South-America ...

Published By: Voyages and discoveries in South-America ... London: S. Buckley, 1698. 155-161 p. [incomplete]

By line: Cristóbal de Acuña

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Tupinamba (SO09)

Subjects: Acculturation and culture contact (177); Behavior toward non-relatives (609);

Abstract: This is an early English translation of Acuña's description of his journey down the Amazon River in 1639. Acuña was a Jesuit priest attached to the Jesuit College at Cuence, Peru, who was ordered to accompany the Portuguese General Texeira on his exploratory journey of the Amazon. Acuña was expressly ordered to observe and note the geography of the regipon and the various peoples encountered in order to prepare an accurate description of the Amazon region for the King of Spain. The cultural descriptions presented are generally very good; although Acuña was very naive in crediting native accounts of other groups, he displays little of the extreme bias so common in the reports of most European travelers of this period. Only the section describing an enclave of Tupinamba found on an island in the Amazon is included here.

Document Number: 23

Document ID: so09-023

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: This document consists of excerpts. Spanish original, Madrid, 1641, pub. under title: [Nuevo descubrimiento del gran rio de las Amazonas].

Field Date: January 16, 1639 - December 12, 1639

Evaluation: Traveler-3

Analyst: EJ ; 1971

Coverage Date: 1639

Coverage Place: Amazon River, Brazil

LCSH: Tupinamba Indians

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