Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 25, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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This riveting true story is the first major narrative detailing the exploration of North America by Spanish conquistadors (1528-1536). The author, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, was a fortune-seeking Spanish nobleman and the treasurer of an expedition sent to claim for Spain a vast area of today's southern United States. In simple, straightforward prose, Cabeza de Vaca chronicles the nine-year odyssey endured by the men after a shipwreck forced them to make a westward journey on foot from present-day Florida through Louisiana and Texas into California. In thirty-eight brief chapters, Cabeza de Vaca describes the scores of natural and human obstacles they encountered as they made their way across an unknown land. Cabeza de Vaca's gripping account offers a trove of ethnographic information, including descriptions and interpretations of native cultures, making it a powerful precursor to modern anthropology.
  

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Review: Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition (Penguin Great Journeys #4)

User Review  - Bob Schnell - Goodreads

This slip of a book is the memoir of a Spanish conquistador who failed to conquer. Cabeza de Vaca writes the story of his travails in the New World as a kind of explanation to King Charles I of what ... Read full review

Review: Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition (Penguin Great Journeys #4)

User Review  - Marti - Goodreads

While much of this story is true, the author (whose name literally means Cow's Head) seems to have embellished to the point where he portrays himself as almost a Christ like faith healer among the ... Read full review

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Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and the author or editor of numerous books.

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and the author or editor of numerous books.

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and the author or editor of numerous books.

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and the author or editor of numerous books.

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