Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition [NOOK Book]

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This riveting true story is the first major narrative detailing the exploration of North America by Spanish conquistadors (1528-1536). The author, Alvar Nú&ntildeez 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 ...
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Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition

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Overview

This riveting true story is the first major narrative detailing the exploration of North America by Spanish conquistadors (1528-1536). The author, Alvar Nú&ntildeez 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, Cabeza de Vaca describes the scores of natural and human obstacles they encountered as they made their way across an unknown land. Cabeza de Vaca's gripping 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: 9781440630545
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/25/2002
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 272,054
  • File size: 966 KB

Meet the Author

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and the author or editor of numerous books.
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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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  • Posted May 7, 2015

    This is an astounding book that is inexcusably little known, and

    This is an astounding book that is inexcusably little known, and I suspect it's obscurity is largely due to the racism and imperialism that has plagued American culture since its inception. 
    De Cabeza, after harrowing shipwreck, attempted escape and even more harrowing failure, ends up a slave to the native tribe that captured him along with a few other survivors. After several years he not only is accepted by them and they by him, but he becomes famous as a healer –a capacity he came upon completely unintentionally and at his captors' insistence. By the time he eventually comes upon his fellow Europeans, many years later, they are as alien, and nearly as hostile, to him as the Spaniards are to the native tribes, who saw "…that we healed the sick and they killed the healthy; that we were naked and barefooted and they were dressed and on horseback, with lances; that we coveted nothing but instead gave away everything that was given to us and kept none of it, while the sole purpose of the others was to steal everything they found, never giving anything to anybody.
    DeCabeza goes on to fight the ruthless exploitation of the native peoples of Mexico from oppression by his own countrymen –a real hero who deserves to be much better known.


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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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