A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca : the Extraordinary Tale of a Shipwrecked Spaniard who Walked Across America in the Sixteenth Century

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Basic Books, 2007 - History - 314 pages
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In 1528, a mission set out from Spain to colonize Florida. But the expedition went horribly wrong: Delayed by a hurricane, knocked off course by a colossal error of navigation, and ultimately doomed by a disastrous decision to separate the men from their ships, the mission quickly became a desperate journey of survival. Of the four hundred men who had embarked on the voyage, only four survived-three Spaniards and an African slave. This tiny band endured a horrific march through Florida, a harrowing raft passage across the Louisiana coast, and years of enslavement in the American Southwest. They journeyed for almost ten years in search of the Pacific Ocean that would guide them home, and they were forever changed by their experience. The men lived with a variety of nomadic Indians and learned several indigenous languages. They saw lands, peoples, plants, and animals that no outsider had ever before seen. In this enthralling tale of four castaways wandering in an unknown land, Andrés Reséndez brings to life the vast, dynamic world of North America just a few years before European settlers would transform it forever.

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User Review  - Hae-Yu - LibraryThing

This story concerns Cabeza de Vaca, one of the earliest, if also inadvertent, explorers of North America and the southern United States from Tampa, Fl. to the Pacific Ocean. While many of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - ParadigmTree - LibraryThing

As the saying goes, the truth is stranger than fiction. This account of an early Spanish explorer is so surreal that it is hard to believe. Even stranger still is that this story is relatively unknown ... Read full review


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Andrés Reséndez is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. This is his third book. He and his family live in Davis, California.

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