Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

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University of Nebraska Press, 1999 - America - 3 pages
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s account of the doomed Narváez expedition to the vast unexplored lands beyond the northern frontier of New Spain has long been heralded as the quintessential tale of the European confronting the wilderness of North America and its native inhabitants for the first time. After living captive among native peoples of the present-day Texas coast for almost six years, Cabeza de Vaca traveled overland through present-day western Texas and northern Mexico until being reunited with his countrymen near the Pacific coast. His account offers an isolated glimpse of areas of Gulf coastal Texas and northeastern Mexico that would not be visited again by Europeans for over 150 years and is the earliest authentic eyewitness description of the North American bison.   Volume 1 presents the first modern edition of Cabeza de Vaca’s original 1542 relación and a new, annotated, facing-page English translation. It concludes with a newly researched study of Cabeza de Vaca’s life.

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The Name of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
Life in Jerez de la Frontera 1480s to 1509
Service to Four Dukes of Medina Sidonia 1503 to 1527

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Rolena Adorno is the Sterling Professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University.

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