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Cabeza de Vaca's Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America / Edition 1

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Cabeza de Vaca came to the New world in 1527 as part of a Spanish expedition to conquer the region north of the Gulf of Mexico. His exploration party lost contact with their ships, set out northward on foot, and traveled, their numbers soon reduced from 300 to 4, across Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico for the next eight years. In addition to being one of the great true adventure stories of all time, Cabeza de Vaca's account of their travels is an unparalleled source of firsthand information on the pre-European Southwest—the variety of its climate, its flora and fauna, the customs of its natives. They were the first to see the opossum and the buffalo, the Mississippi and the Pecos, pine-nut mash and mesquite-bean flour. This book contains the first description in literature of a West Indies Hurricane.

"Cabeza de Vaca was not only a physical trailblazer: he was also a literary pioneer, and he deserves the distinction of being called the Southwest's first writer.... The Relación, while not fiction, possesses most of the attributes of a good novel."—William T. Pilkington

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826306562
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1983
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Zia Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 377,354
  • Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2003

    Historical MUST Read

    Wow! Spend a little time... and learn much. I strongly suggest you read this report of his adventures in North America.

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