Of Cannibals and Kings collects the very earliest accounts of the native peoples of the Americas, including selections from the descriptions of Columbus’s first two voyages; documents reflecting the initial colonial occupation in Haiti, Venezuela, and Guyana; and the first ethnographic account of the Taínos by the missionary Ramón Pané. This primal anthropology directly guided a rapacious discovery of the lands of both wild cannibals and golden kings.
About the Author
Neil L. Whitehead is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
Introduction: Of Cannibals and Kings 2
Documents 1a and 1b The Letter, and Extracts from the Journal of Columbus's First Voyage to America (1492) 48
Document 2 The Report of Diego Chanca on Columbus's Second Voyage to America (1494) 72
Document 3 Writings of Friar Roman on the Antiquities of the Indians, Which He Collected on Request of the Admiral with Diligence, as a Man Who Knows Their Language (ca. 1498) 82
Document 4 The Deposition of Rodrigo Figueroa on the Islands of the Barbarous Caribes (1520) 114
Document 5 An Account of the Provinces of the Aruacas by Rodrigo de Navarrete (ca. 1550) 120