A look at the destruction of the cultures and the enslavement of the natives of Peru by the Spaniards.
A look at the destruction of the native population of Hispaniola by the Spaniards.
What follows is an interesting look at Mounds and their connection to burials. Published as A Further Contribution to the Study of the Mortuary Customs of the North American Indians by the Smithsonian Institution, it is authored by Dr. H. C. Yarrow, then acting Assistant Surgeon, USA.
What follows is from Charles C. Royce, The Cherokee Nation of Indians: A Narrative of their Official Relations with the Colonial and Federal Governments. This excerpt starts with Hernando de Soto and ends at the creation of the Federal Government.
The letter that follows is a missionary's observations on the Micmac mode of life and beliefs in 1755, a letter that reflects the prejudices of the time. It is written by an unnamed French Abbot who lived among the Micmac at the time as a missionary.
An account, first published in 1542 as La Relación ("The Account"), which in later editions was retitled Naufragios ("Shipwrecks") of the travels Cabeza de Vaca, who is sometimes considered a proto-anthropologist for his detailed accounts of the many tribes of American Indians that he encountered. A truly unique testament.
A short history of Cherokee contact with Europeans, from the period of Spanish Exploration to the founding of the United States of America.
The true confession of Mancio Sierra Lejesama, one of the first Spanish Conquistadores of Peru, which confession he attached to his will made in the city of Cuzco on the 15th day of September, 1589.
The land rush that was the Americas had to be sold as an idea, and narratives exploring the merits and resources of the land are a snap shot of conditions at a point in time. What follows is an overview of New Holland at about 1650.
This account of how Cortes gained some information respecting Mexico from Xicotencatl and Maxixcatzin is presented by the conquistador historian Bernal Díaz del Castillo who participated as a soldier in the conquest of Mexico under Hernán Cortés and late in his life wrote an account of the events.
This seemingly reverse evolution - from complex urban settlement, metallurgy, and agricultural production necessary to sustain large urban civilization to the simple hut and village stone age settlement characteristic of the Americas north of the Rio Grande at the time of Columbus - has fermented no shortage of speculation of a "lost race".
An account of the burial customs of the Huron written by Jean de Brebeuf while at the residence of St. Joseph among the Hurons at the village called Ihonatiria, on the 16th of July, 1636.
The article is an excellent overview of the inventory of evidence as built structure, and its suggestion of a higher order civilization unlike the witness at the time of first contact with Europeans.
In a world where are living things are one, the Cherokee see no essential difference between men and animals. The animals, like the people, are organized into tribes and like them their chiefs and townhouses, their councils and ball-plays, and the same Hades.
Ancient America: a look at the mysterious Mound Builders and their defensive works in Ohio, and other points of expansion from their Missississipi basin home.
Written in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire, just forty years after the arrival of the first Spaniards in the city, Sarmiento's The History of the Incas contains extremely detailed descriptions of Inca history and mythology.
As an act of exploration, Robert de La Salle's was an extraordinary leap of faith that brought home the vastness of these lands. The work that follows is authored by John S. C. Abbot, and is expressed in a tone that is popular rather than academic.
Tlaloc is the twin of Quetzalcoatl, the two being an inseparable pair in Teotihuacan iconography. A truly remarkable deity, also depicted with goggles - glasses - and whose attribute are strongly suggestive of cultural transmission akin to the the Q Gospel, a sort of origin civilizer.
This report is an overview of the resources of the Virginia colony, authored by Thomas Harriot as employed by Sir Walter Raleigh.