Gerion and his three sons cruelly oppressed the people of Spain. Osiris Denis (Rameses IV), king of Egypt, came to the aid of the oppressed Spaniards with a mixed army of Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Africans. In fierce battle they slew Gerion. “This is the first battell that was given in Spaine that any mention was made of since the deluge,” claims an old document. (The Generall Historie of Spaine, originally written in French by Lewis Mayerne Torqvet. 1583. Translated into English, and continued unto these times, by Edward Grimshaw. London. 1612. Referred to henceforth as “the antique author.” Cited in Wilson, Robert Anderson. A New History of the Conquest of Mexico. Philadelphia: James Challen & Son, 1859).
Osiris Denis had many sons, among them Hercules the Great. He fought the three sons of Gerion in single combat and slew all three. “Hercules, after he had settled their [the Spaniards] affairs, and planted two pillars, the one in Europe and the other in Affrick [Africa], and two others in the island still called Gadir [Cadiz], for a mark and testimony of conquest and toyle [toil], he took his course towards Italie [Italy].” (The antique author, op. cit.)
Hercules entrusted the government of Spain to Hispal, who soon died. Hispal was succeeded by Hispan, from whom comes the name Hispaniola.
Hercules returned to Spain and superseded Hispan in its governance. After many years, Hercules died in Spain “and was buried in the island of Tartesse in a sumptuous and stately tomb.” Wilson has his doubts about this last assertion of the antique author, but adds in a footnote, “It is not unnatural that Cadiz, or Tartesse [Tarshish], should be claimed as the burial place of Hercules, considering the great honors that city bestowed on his memory.” In fact, according to Wilson, “This Hercules reigned afterwards in Egypt under the title of Rameses V., succeeding his father, Rameses the Fourth…”
“The successor of Hercules, in Italy and in Spain, was Hesperus, brother to Atlas, from whom Italy and Spain received the name of Hesperides.” (Wilson, op. cit.)
Other rulers followed, until at last the Tyrians of Phoenicia came with their king, Erythree. He told the simple Spaniards he had come to build a temple honoring Hercules, at Cadiz. “Then follows the story of the Grecian Hercules…” The Grecian Hercules “was but an insolent fellow, yet well beloved of the Grecian princes, by reason of his boldness and his strength of bodie, fit to rob and steal, whereunto the nobilitie of that age was commonly addicted,” claimed the antique author.
“Of this Hercules the poets have fained all that is written of the conquests, prowess, and travels of many other Hercules more ancient and better men than he,” asserts the antique author cited by Wilson. The Grecian Hercules, claimed the antique author, had been “nurished in theft, fornication, and execrable murthers [murders], a companion and counsellor to Jason in the voyage to Colchis [a piratical expedition], at the spoile of the treasure of Aerete, and the rape [abduction] of his daughter Medea…”