History of discovery and exploration of Central and South America


  1. Foreword
  2. The alleged ancient predecessors of Columbus
  3. «Discovery of America» in the XV century before Columbus
  4. Christopher Columbus and his transoceanic expedition project
  5. The first expedition of Columbus. Discovery of the Bahamas, Cuba and Haiti
  6. The division of the world between Spain and Portugal
  7. The second expedition of Columbus. Discovery of the Small Antilles, Puerto Rico and Jamaica
  8. Columbus’ third expedition and the beginning of the discovery of South America
  9. Spanish “rivals” of Columbus off the coast of South America
  10. Discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese in 1500
  11. Discovery of Brazil’s coastline 25 south latitude
  12. Fourth expedition of Columbus. Discovery of the Caribbean coast of Central America
  13. Amerigo Vespucci and the origin of the name «America»
  14. Discoveries of the «South Sea» (Pacific Ocean)
  15. The extermination of the indigenous inhabitants of the Antilles and Bahamas
  16. Discovery of the Yucatan Peninsula and the Atlantic Coast of Mexico
  17. Cortes and the conquest of Mexico
  18. Expanding the borders of New Spain and Gold Castile
  19. The conquest and exploration of Yucatan
  20. Discovery of La Plata, Patagonia, the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego
  21. The discovery and conquest of Peru
  22. Discovery of the Central Andes and Chile
  23. Discovery of Parana and Paraguay
  24. The search for Eldorado and the opening of the Orinoco and Magdalena basins
  25. Amazon discovery
  26. Portuguese colonization of the coastal strip of Brazil in the second quarter of the 16th century
  27. The View of South America in the Mid-16th Century
  28. Mexico
  29. The fight in the West Indies and its division
  30. The search for legendary countries in the second half of the 16th century
  31. Exploration of the Andes in the second half of the 16th century
  32. Exploration of the Amazon in the 17th – 18th centuries
  33. Brazil and its territorial growth
  34. La Plata basin exploration
  35. Condamine’s French Equatorial Expedition
  36. Magellania Study
  37. Representation of Spanish America and Brazil at the End of the Colonial Period
  38. Mexico and Central America
  39. Guiana and the Orinoco Basin
  40. Northern and Central Andes
  41. Brazilian Highlands and Amazonian Lowlands
  42. Laplatian countries of the Gran Chaco
  43. English sea expeditions off the coast of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego
  44. Researchers of Chile and Patagonia of the 40-90s
  45. Conclusion

Магидович И. П. История открытия и исследования Центральной и Южной Америки. – М.: Мысль, 1965. – 455 с.