Excerpt from The American Continent: Embracing Its Discovery and Conquest Operations of Cortez in Mexico, and Pizarro in Peru Manners, Customs, and Ceremonies of the Inhabitants of the New World, With a Sketch of the Life of Christopher Columbus, to Which Is Added Interesting Descriptions
In presenting the following pages to the public, the compiler would remark that he expects no credit or literary fame whatever for any industry he has exercised in their production. His object has been to employ his time usefully, and to give, in a condensed and entertaining form, historical facts worthy of being known by every man, woman and child. Histories of America, as it was, hundreds of years ago, are a rarity, and those few that do exist are filled with much that is dull and not easily understood. In preparing this number of the Historical Cabinet, which, although the commencement of a series, is complete in itself, an attempt has been made, and, the compiler flatters himself, successfully, to embody, in a small compass, much that is of special import, from the discovery of America by Columbus down to the year 1800.
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