A Chronicle of the New World is an account of a Spanish entrada (or incursion) into Nueva Granada (the modern states of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador), c. 1526. It thus claims kin with other noted crónicas of the period—Gaspar de Carvajal’s account of the discovery of the river Amazon, Bernal Díaz’s epic history of the conquest of Mexico and Cieza de Leon's Crónica del Perú—all eyewitness accounts of the most compelling historical event of the last millennium: Europe’s first contact with a previously unknown world of almost incomprehensible scope, possibility and strangeness. At the same time the present account incorporates other parallel, intersecting and contextualizing narratives of the period: the expulsion of the Moors and then the Jews from Spain, the Inquisition, the rise of Lutheran Protestantism, the Peasant Revolt of 1524-5, etc. A Chronicle of the New World recounts the experiences of a small group of soldiers, mostly veterans of the Italian wars, who are have been set ashore on the South American mainland opposite the pearl fisheries at Cubagua and Margarita, two islands “discovered” by Cristobal Colón in 1498. They are attempting to make contact with a larger Spanish expeditionary force which has preceded them inland. Once inland they encounter immediate problems not only with terrain and weather but also with the indigenous population, which the passage of the earlier force has inflamed against them. Inevitably, too, the harsh circumstances of their journey cause tensions to arise among the members of the expedition that often bring tragic results.
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