Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition

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This new Norton Critical Edition recounts the 1527–36 expedition of Cabeza de Vaca, the first Spanish explorer to cross North America.
Published in 1542 to an astonished and captivated public, Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition tells the unforgettable story of a sixteenth-century soldier turned explorer who, along with three other survivors of a shipwreck, makes his way across an unknown geographic and cultural landscape. This Norton Critical Edition is based on David Frye’s ...

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This new Norton Critical Edition recounts the 1527–36 expedition of Cabeza de Vaca, the first Spanish explorer to cross North America.
Published in 1542 to an astonished and captivated public, Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition tells the unforgettable story of a sixteenth-century soldier turned explorer who, along with three other survivors of a shipwreck, makes his way across an unknown geographic and cultural landscape. This Norton Critical Edition is based on David Frye’s new translation. It is accompanied by Ilan Stavan’s introduction, the translator’s preface, the editor’s detailed explanatory annotations, and a map tracing Cabeza de Vaca’s journey from Florida to California.
“Alternative Narratives and Sequels” enriches the reader’s understanding of and appreciation for Cabeza de Vaca’s chronicle, which can be read both as historical record and as fiction (Cabeza de Vaca having written his account years after the events took place). Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdéz’s General and Natural History of the Indies (1535) provides a different account of the same journey, while sequels can be found in a 1539 letter from the Viceroy of New Spain to the Emperor and in Fray Marcos de Niza’s Relación on the Discovery of the Kingdom of Cibola (1539).
The Spanish explorers, soldiers, and missionaries of the period saw the New World as a place of enchantment, riches, and opportunity. This spirit is captured in “Contexts” with documents including a 1493 letter from Christopher Columbus to a potential benefactor of his future travels; Hernán Cortés’s 1520 letter from Mexico; and an excerpt from Fray Bartolomé’s Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies (1542). A selection from Miguel León Portilla’s Broken Spears provides readers with the viewpoint of the vanquished.
“Criticism” includes five major assessments of Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition spanning eighty years. Contributors include Morris Bishop, Rolena Adorno and Patrick Charles Pautz, Paul Schneider, Andrés Reséndez, and Beatriz Rivera-Barnes.
A Chronology, Selected Bibliography, and Index are also included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393918151
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/26/2012
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 386,424
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. He is the author of many books, including Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language and The United States of Mestizo. He is also general editor of The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Ilan Stavans; Revised and Annotated Translation by Harold Augenbraum

Introduction Suggested Further Reading Chronology Illustrations: Facsimile of the Title Page of the 1542 Edition; The Route of Cabeza de Vaca A Note on the Text Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Prologue Chapter One: When the Fleet Left Spain and the Men Who Went with It Chapter Two: How the Governor Came to Xagua and Brought a Pilot with Him Chapter Three: How We Arrived in Florida Chapter Four: How We Went to the Interior Chapter Five: How the Governor Left the Ships Chapter Six: How We Got to Apalache Chapter Seven: The Lay of the Land Chapter Eight: How We Left Aute Chapter Nine: How We Left the Bay of Horses Chapter Ten: On the Skirmish We Had with the Indians Chapter Eleven: What Happened to Lope de Oviedo with Some Indians Chapter Twelve: How the Indians Brought Us Food Chapter Thirteen: How We Learned About Other Christians Chapter Fourteen: How Four Christians Departed Chapter Fifteen: What Happened to Us on the Isle of Misfortune Chapter Sixteen: How the Christians Left the Island Chapter Seventeen: How the Indians Arrived with Andrés Dorantes and Castillo and Estavanico Chapter Eighteen: Esquiviel's Account, Related by Figueroa Chapter Nineteen: How the Indians Separated Us Chapter Twenty: How We Fled Chapter Twenty-One: How We Cured Several Sick People Chapter Twenty-Two: How the Following Day They Brought Other Sick People Chapter Twenty-Three: How We Departed After Eating the Dogs Chapter Twenty-Four: The Customs of the Indians of That Land Chapter Twenty-Five: How Ready the Indians Are with Weapons Chapter Twenty-Six: On Nations and Languages Chapter Twenty-Seven: How We Moved and Were Received Chapter Twenty-Eight: On Another New Custom Chapter Twenty-Nine: How They Steal from One Another Chapter Thirty: How the Manner of Reception Changed Chapter Thirty-One: How We Followed the Corn Trail Chapter Thirty-Two: How They Gave Us Hearts of Deer Chapter Thirty-Three: How We Saw Traces of Christians Chapter Thirty-Four: How I Sent for the Christians Chapter Thirty-Five: How Well the Chief Magistrate Received Us on the Night of Our Arrival Chapter Thirty-Six: How We Had Churches Built in That Land Chapter Thirty-Seven: What Occurred When I Wished to Return Chapter Thirty-Eight: What Happened to the Others Who Went to the Indies

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