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
Published in: Voyages and discoveries in South-America
Voyages and discoveries in South-America
London: S. Buckley, 1698. 155-161 p.
By line: Cristóbal de Acuña
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
HRAF, 2003. Computer File
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Behavior toward non-relatives (609);
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 ID: so09-023
Component part(s), monograph
This document consists of
excerpts. Spanish original, Madrid, 1641, pub. under title: [Nuevo
descubrimiento del gran rio de las Amazonas].
January 16, 1639 - December 12,