By John Lynch. Published 1999. ISBN 9781900039284
Fray Juan de Santa Gertrudis, a Spanish Franciscan, served for ten years in the Putumayo mission and in 1790 recorded his experiences in Maravillas de la naturaleza, a work which languished in the archives for the next 150 years and remains to this day unstudied and unquoted. An extraordinary memoir of the natural world of America, of colonial society and of life on the frontiers of the faith, the chronicle takes its readers directly into the jungles, the streets and the highways of southern New Granada, and introduces them to people not normally encountered in colonial writings. This paper presents an account of a Journey from Pasto to Taminango with an introductory study by its editor and translator.