THE ADVENTURE CHRONICLES
of Conquistador Pedro de Mérida

THE ADVENTURE CHRONICLES OF CONQUISTADOR PEDRO DE MÉRIDA: TRAVELS TO ANCIENT CHILE IN THE YEARS OF OUR LORD, 1535-1537, WITH DIEGO DE ALMAGRO (VOLUME I), AND 1540-1553, WITH PEDRO DE VALDIVIA (VOLUME II); BEING ACCOUNTS OF THOSE JOURNEYS TO THE FARTHEST MOST REGIONS OF THE INCA EMPIRE; AS RELATED TO HIS MOST CATHOLIC MAJESTY, KING DON PHILIP II, OUR MOST SOVEREIGN RULER

As related by himself, Pedro de Mérida, a Chile Conquistador

By Robert Villarreal

PRESENTED IN THREE VOLUMES

VOLUME I: ALMAGRO


Painting: Conquistador Pedro de Mérida and Spanish horsemen struggle with their animals upon leaving Tucma (today's San Miguel de Tucumán) on the way to Fiambalá. Courtesy Louis S. Glanzman and National Geographic Magazine.

VOLUME II: VALDIVIA


Painting: Araucanian Indians, under the leadership of Lautaro, defeated Pedro de Valdivia and the Spanish at the Battle of Tucapel in December 1553. Here, Araucanian warriors celebrate their victory. Courtesy Louis S. Glanzman and National Geographic Magazine.

VOLUME III: PIZARRO


Painting: Captain Hernán de Soto charges Atahualpa, the lord high Inca, who grins in defiance in his first confrontation with a Spanish conquistador. The Captain had entered Atahualpa’s camp of 80,000 warriors to invite him to a meeting with Francisco Pizarro. On the next day, when the Inca was borne into Caxamalca in his litter, the Spanish captured him and held him hostage. Courtesy Louis S. Glanzman and National Geographic Magazine.

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