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THE "TUMBAGA" SAGA: Treasure of The Conquistadors

by Augi Garcia

 

THE TUMBAGA SAGA: TREASURE OF THE CONQUISTADORSThe "Tumbaga Saga":

Treasure of the Conquistadors (2010)
(for US customers only)

 

152 pages 6'' x 9'' softbound,  black and white illustrations, charts and maps. Author: Augi GarciaEditors: Daniel Sedwick and Cori Sedwick Downing. Limited to 400 copies.LCCN: 2010936331 - ISBN: 978-0-9820818-2-2

Tumbaga Saga: Treasure of the Conquistadors US only

 

THE TUMBAGA SAGA: TREASURE OF THE CONQUISTADORSThe "Tumbaga Saga":

Treasure of the Conquistadors (2010)
(for International customers only)

 

152 pages 6'' x 9'' softbound,

 black and white illustratio ns, charts and maps. Author: Augi Garcia Editors: Daniel Sedwick and Cori Sedwick Downing. Limited to 400 copies. LCCN: 2010936331 - ISBN: 978-0-9820818-2-2

 

Tumbaga Saga: Treasure of the Conquistadors International only

 


THE TUMBAGA SAGA: TREASURE OF THE CONQUISTADORSBefore there were coins in the New World, before there were Spanish Treasure Fleets, and even before there were any kind of European colonies in Mexico, the conquistador Hernán Cortés and his men, through the Tarascan Conquest by Cristóbal de Olid in 1522, discovered a new precious-metal mix that led to an improvised manufacture of so-called "tumbaga" bars: a group of over 200 silver and gold ingots discovered in the remains of an unidentified ca.-1528 shipwreck off Grand Bahama Island in 1993.

These rare silver "tumbaga" bars found in 1993 are now a step closer to full understanding. Through a study of contemporary accounts, archeological research and historical sources, it is theorized that these strange ingots were manufactured by the Spanish using a unique copper-silver “alloy” forged by the Tarascans in Mexico as a source for their ornaments and offerings, a particular type of metal the Spanish called "metal of Michoacán," seized by the conquistadors in a single episode within the vast story of the conquest of Mexico during the 1520s.

This book is divided into three parts: The first part chronicles the earliest documents relating to the treasure accumulated by Hernán Cortés during his conquest of the Aztec empire. The second part concerns the later phase of conquest, specifically Captain Cristóbal de Olid’s campaign in the region of the Tarascan kingdom in western Mexico. The third and final part discusses technical aspects of these bars based on an interpretation of their markings and manufacture.

The specimens studied in this book are the only ones known to exist—all of them from the same wreck—and therefore they will always be of the utmost rarity and historical importance. The book contains a data matrix for all 194 bars, including their weights, measurements, markings and descriptions. Also featured are plates of 60 selected bars, maps, native drawings and charts. Additionally there is a list of the names and roles of over 100 people from the “tumbaga” period, and an appendix with new translations from Seven decrees of Charles V pertaining to the circulation of gold and silver in the Americas and key chapters of Bernal Díaz del Castillo's Historia Verdadera De La Conquista De La Nueva España.

152 pages, black and white illustrations, charts and maps.

 

Author: Agustín A. García Barneche

Editors: Daniel Sedwick and Cori Sedwick Downing, published by Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC.

 

Review: by Alan Sadwin


I was fortunate to see a pre-publication of this book as I had anxiously awaited it for several years after hearing rumors that it was on the way. I bought it the day it was published and can firmly state that it was worth the wait.

The author has traced the history of a group of very special treasure bars that were found in the Bahamas in 1992 to the era when they were first cast. These "tumbaga" bars are very different from most of the Spanish treasure bars that have been found because they are made up of an unusual mix of metals and marked in a unique way. The reasons why are fascinating.

In addition to explaining why the bars are the different, the author, through his research of contemporary Spanish documents, has proposed a very strong argument that the bars are linked to the original conquest of Mexico by Cortez. The book describes the Cortez expedition and the offshoot expedition that actually recovered the metal and cast the bars. Emphasis is given to a history of the recovery of Mexican treasure while relating the conquest to what we learned in school. The names of people who were involved in the conquest are included. The fact that people who were involved in the conquest of Mexico can be linked to silver bars found in the Bahamas is a fascinating read.

The book includes an analysis of each bar found that is presented in a manner that anybody can understand. The book also includes an appendix which presents a new translation of King Charles V's royal decree on the circulation of gold and silver in the New World.

It is a fascinating story and is well told. I highly recommend this book to anybody interested in treasure, treasure bars, or the conquest of Mexico.

 

 

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