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Of a shipwreck on the island of Cáliz, which the indians call parataure, which is in the mouth of the Huyapari River; and of the sufferings of some Spaniards of the army of Governor Hierónimo Dortal.

Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo

in Misfortunes and Shipwrecks in the Seas of the Indies, Islands, and Mainland of the Ocean Sea (1513–1548)

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035406
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038377 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035406.003.0024
Of a shipwreck on the island of Cáliz, which the indians call parataure, which is in the mouth of the Huyapari River; and of the sufferings of some Spaniards of the army of Governor Hierónimo Dortal.

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This chapter describes the shipwreck and very perilous journey that happened to the people of Governor Hierónimo Dortal. While he was going to the banks of the great and famous Huyapari River, Governor Dortal sent some people and ships under Captain Alonso de Herrera to settle at a town called Aruacay. However, there they found the town abandoned, and the captain and the Spaniards crossed to the other bank of the same river to a town called Capao. From there they sent the governor some gold and Indians and great news of the riches said to be had in Meta, urging him to hurry to join with them so they could go forward with the enterprise. It took them twenty days to sail a good 250 leagues to the mouth of the estuary.

Keywords: shipwreck; Hierónimo Dortal; Huyapari River; Alonso de Herrera; Aruacay; Capao; estuary

Chapter.  1434 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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