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Lake Chapala Through The Ages, an Anthology of Travellers' Tales [Paperback]

Tony Burton , Rosemary Chan

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Book Description

Aug. 14 2008
Lake Chapala is no longer a paradise without a past. Join award-winning author Tony Burton as he explores the fascinating history of the Lake Chapala region s formative years from the arrival of conquistadors in the early 1500s to the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910. Insightful and entertaining commentary enhances this unique collection of extracts from more than fifty original sources. Poets, friars, travellers, exiles and scientists overcome bandits and natural disasters to offer captivating tales of courage, greed, delight, unexpected triumphs and much, much more. xiv+215 pages, with map, more than twenty original illustrations by Rosemary Chan, glossary, bibliographic references and index. "A must-read, full of little-known facts; a brilliant anthology that reveals Lake Chapala in a whole new light. --David McLaughlin, Publisher, Mexico Connect

Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Sombrero Books (Aug. 14 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973519126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973519129
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #880,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful book Nov. 30 2013
By Famed Girl Archaeologist - Published on
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This is a delightful little book that will be a perfect read for someone visiting the Lake Chapala area of Mexico. The travellers' tales date between 1530 and 1910, so don't expect recent history or comment on the present condition of the area as a home to thousands of U.S. and Canadian ex-pats and retirees. Do expect some interesting insights and wonderful descriptions of the area. Burton has done a great job of adding introductions and explanatory comments on the entries. I lived on Lake chapala in the mid-1960s during the time that I was carrying out an archaeological project for my doctoral dissertation. I have carried the beauty of the place in my heart for 40 years. I recommend this little book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lake Chapala Sept. 4 2012
By Mitch - Published on
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very interesting historical perspective of the lake chapala area - I really enjoyed the book and recommend it to expats living in the area
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for those wanting to know the context April 16 2012
By Stephen C. Iman - Published on
What a fine effort for those struggling to put Lake Chapala into some kind of perspective. It's a fascinating place for those who see it, and a popular destination for American retirees looking for a grand place to park. What this book does so well is to sort through history to put the current spot into some sort of context for the visitor. The author/editor clips bits and pieces from the first observations in print, and even provides some context for understanding the area's role in the history of a struggling nation. It's a thorough collection of bits in print providing nice perspective from indian chiefs and friars to rebellious pursuers of national independence and entrepreneurs aiming (and often failing) with versions of 'development'. Charming book for those interested in the area.

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