Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition

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"This true story is the first major narrative detailing the exploration of North America by Spanish conquistadors (1528-1536). The author, Alvar Nunez 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
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Overview

"This true story is the first major narrative detailing the exploration of North America by Spanish conquistadors (1528-1536). The author, Alvar Nunez 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, he describes the scores of natural and human obstacles they encountered as they made their way across the unmapped land. Cabeza de Vaca's 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142437070
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 287,134
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    fantastic tale of survival

    I read this book while getting my BA in Spanish and I cannot believe it is not required reading of anyone studying American history. I thought the encounters with the native peoples were so interesting and the book has great historical value because it was written in the 1500's making it the oldest available book written about the USA. Better than any fiction I have read -

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

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    This book was awful! I had to read it over the summer as a requirement for taking honors World History and it was horrible. It was really boring and even though it's a short book, it dragged on and on. If you are required to read this for school you have my sympathies. If you have the option to read it, it's a book you should definitely pass by.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    Too many holes

    I began this book with great expectations but found it lacking tremendously in details. For example, there's almost no explanation of how the author managed to get from Apalachicola Bay in Florida to Galveston Island off the Texas coast! The Nordic sagas offer more facts than this guy provides. One caveat I would offer is that the author obviously endured more hardships than almost anyone else in history, and his mere survival is a testament to his will to live.

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