Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada

 
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WASHINGTON IRVING (1783-1859), was born in New York, the son of a wealthy British merchant who had sided with the rebels in the Revolution. After training as a lawyer, he turned into a literary career, writing for various newspapers. He was a diplomatic attaché in Spain (1826-1829) and a secretary to the US legation in London (1829-1832). Washington Irving arrived in New York, after seventeen years abroad, on May 21, 1832. That September, he accompanied the U.S. Commissioner on Indian Affairs, Henry Leavitt Ellsworth, along with companions Charles La Trobe and Count Albert-Alexandre de Pourtales, on a surveying mission deep in Indian Territory. In 1842, after an endorsement from Secretary of State Daniel Webster, President John Tyler appointed Irving as Minister to Spain. . His official duties as Spanish Minister also involved negotiating American trade interests with Cuba and following the Spanish parliament's debates over slave trade. William Makepeace Thackeray was the first to refer to Irving as the "ambassador whom the New World of Letters sent to the Old". “Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada”(1829). A history of the fifteenth-century Spanish war against the Moors in Granada, based on the manuscript of Fray Antonio Agapida, whose name is not found in any of the catalogues of Spanish authors.

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Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846.

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