The Discovery of the Large, Rich, and Beautiful Empire of Guiana: With a Relation of the Great and Golden City of Manoa... Etc. Performed in the Year 1595, by Sir W. Ralegh, Knt... Reprinted from the Edition of 1596, with Some Unpublished Documents Relative to that Country. Ed., with Copious Explanatory Notes and a Biographical Memoir, by Sir Robert H. Schomburgk

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Hakluyt Society, 1848 - America - 240 pages

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Sir Robert Schomburgk y la Obra de Sir Walter Raleigh
Creemos que Sir Robert Schomburgk utilizo el libro de Sir Walter Raleigh publicado en 1595, para invocar títulos para Inglaterra que no le
correspondían al oeste del río Esequibo. En el primer viaje de sir Walter Raleigh no paso desde la desembocadura del Caroní con el Orinoco en 1595.
En una segunda expedición en 1617, se compromete a no atacar ninguna población española lo cual no cumple, al enviar a sus hombres por el Orinoco, ya que él se quedo a bordo de sus embarcaciones por razones de salud en el delta del citado río. Expedición esta que concluyó en el más absoluto fracaso al perder la vida parte de sus hombres y uno de sus hijos en los enfrentamientos con los españoles. Regresando a Inglaterra, para ser ejecutado en Londres el 26 de octubre de 1618.
La obra de Sir. Walter Raleigh, no deja de ser una importante obra para su época ya que indudablemente da a conocer a la Guayana, a través de los mitos de El Dorado con su fantástica ciudad de Manoa donde un príncipe era cubierto con polvo de oro ante de bañarse.
Pero los españoles ya a partir de 1530 guiados por Diego de Ordaz, y sus capitanes habían remontado el Orinoco hasta los raudales de Atures y Maipures, frente a la actual ciudad de Puerto Ayacucho a unos 80 kilómetros más arriba de la desembocadura del Meta con el Orinoco.
Robert Schomburgk simplemente toma la obra de Sir. Walter Raleigh haciéndole comentarios a pie de páginas al reeditarla. Con esta publicación seguramente buscaba de alguna manera reforzar sus expediciones a la Guayana Británica.
Expediciones estas que al final perjudicaron a la República de Venezuela al perder esta 159.500km2 de territorios al oeste del río Esequibo sobre los cuales Inglaterra no tenía ningún derecho histórico y jurídico.



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Page xxxiv - A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia : of the commodities there found and to be raysed, as well marchantable, as others...
Page 219 - EVEN such is time, that takes in trust Our youth, our joys, our all we have, And pays us but with age and dust ; Who in the dark and silent grave, When we have wandered all our ways, Shuts up the story of our days ; But from this earth, this grave, this dust, My God shall raise me up, I trust.
Page xliv - Thou art a young woman, and forbear not to marry again ; it is now nothing to me ; thou art no more mine, nor I thine. To witness that thou didst love me once, take care that thou marry not to please sense, but to avoid poverty, and to preserve thy child. That thou didst also love me living, witness it to others; to my poor daughter, to whom I have given nothing ; for his sake, who will be cruel to himself to preserve thee.
Page 69 - ... as no man can endure to cure or to attend them : and it is more strange to know, that in all this time there was never Spaniard, either by gift or torment, that could...
Page xli - I mean not to come away, as they say I will, for fear of a marriage, and I know not what. If any such thing were, I would have imparted it unto yourself before any man living ; and therefore I pray believe it not, and I beseech you to suppress what you can any such malicious report. For I protest before God, there is none on the face of the earth that I would be fastened unto.
Page 87 - Guiana already, and the other sought to regain the same from them both; and therefore I desired him to instruct me what he could, both of the passage into the golden parts of Guiana, and to the civil towns and apparelled people of Inga.
Page 82 - Whether it be true or no, the matter is not great, neither can there be any profit in the imagination. For mine own part I saw them not, but I am resolved that so many people did not all combine, or forethink to make the report.
Page 13 - The empire of Guiana is directly east from Peru towards the sea, and lieth under the equinoctial line, and it hath more abundance of gold than any part of Peru, and as many, or more great cities than ever Peru had when it flourished most.
Page 81 - I am resolved it is true, because every childe in the provinces of Arromaia and Canuri affirme the same : they are called Ewaipanoma : they are reported to have their eyes in their shoulders, and their mouthes in the middle of their breasts...
Page 1 - THE DISCOVERY' OF GUIANA ON Thursday, the sixth of February, in the year 1595, we departed England, and the Sunday following had sight of the north cape of Spain, the wind for the most part continuing prosperous; we passed in sight of the Burlings, and the Rock, and so onwards for the Canaries, and fell with Fuerteventura the 17.

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