A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies - Chapter 2 The Kingdoms of Hispaniola Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 2 The Kingdoms of Hispaniola Summary and Analysis

There were five main kingdoms in Hispaniola: Maguá, Marién, Maguana, Xaraguá and Higuey. Maguá extended about eighty leagues from the southern coast to the northern shore of the island. The province of Cibao in Maguá rested near a mountain towards the west and was led by King Guarionex. He had a placid temperament and was very devoted to the King and Queen of Spain. For years he had everyone in his kingdom send a gourd full of gold to the King and Queen, though later they could only send half of this because they were running out of gold. They didn't know how to mine for it so the commanders had an idea to teach them how. The plan fell through, however, when a commander completely dishonored the king and raped his...

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