Elegías de varones ilustres de Indias

Elegías de varones ilustres de Indias is an epic poem written in the late sixteenth century by Juan de Castellanos.[1][2]

Elegías de varones ilustres de Indias
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Juan de Castellanos
AuthorJuan de Castellanos
SubjectSpanish conquest of Colombia
indigenous groups in Colombia
indigenous groups in Venezuela
Set inColombia, Venezuela
Publication date
Late 16th century
WebsiteElegías de varones ilustres de Indias (Google Books)


The work gives a detailed account of the colonization of the Caribbean and the territories in present-day Colombia and Venezuela. It describes the settlement companies and foundation of cities as well as vivid depictions of indigenous cultures, such as the Muisca, and natural history, making this text an important early chronicle of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Besides its historical value, it is notable for the use of multiple Renaissance-era literary styles, including the elegy, epic, pilgrimage tale, pastoral romance, chivalric romance and other literary forms.

The book contains one of the earliest descriptions of the New World species potato (Solanum colombianum), until the discovery of the Americas an unknown plant in the Old World.[3]

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  1. ^ Becco, Horacio Jorge. 1991. Crónicas de la Naturaleza del Nuevo Mundo, 148. Cuadernos Lagoven, Lagoven, S.A. Caracas.
  2. ^ Hernández Caballero, Serafín. 1998. Gran Enciclopedia de Venezuela. Editorial Globe, C.A. Caracas.
  3. ^ Rodriguez, Francisco Javier. s.a.. Interpretación del 'Las Elegías' de Juan de Castellanos. Accessed 2016-08-26.

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