Crossing the Continent 1527-1540: The Story of the First African American Explorer of the American South

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Nearly two centuries before Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began their epic trek to the Pacific coast, a group of three Spanish noblemen and an African survived shipwreck, famine, Indian attack, and disease to make the first crossing of North America in recorded history. Drawing on contemporary accounts and long-lost records, Robert Goodwin tells the amazing story of their odyssey through the American South. Goodwin's groundbreaking research in original Spanish archives has led him to a radical new ...

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Nearly two centuries before Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began their epic trek to the Pacific coast, a group of three Spanish noblemen and an African survived shipwreck, famine, Indian attack, and disease to make the first crossing of North America in recorded history. Drawing on contemporary accounts and long-lost records, Robert Goodwin tells the amazing story of their odyssey through the American South. Goodwin's groundbreaking research in original Spanish archives has led him to a radical new interpretation of American history—one in which an African slave named Esteban emerges as the nation's first great explorer and adventurer.

Esteban (1500–1539) is the first man born in Africa to die in North America about whom anything is known. The first African American with a name, he was also the first great pioneer from the Old World to explore the entirety of the American South with his three companions. In a feat of historical research, Goodwin takes us on an incredible adventure from Africa to Europe to America, filled with physical endurance, natural calamities, cannibalism, witchcraft, miraculous shamanism, and divine intervention—challenging the traditional history of the nation's discovery and placing Esteban at the heart of our historical record.

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"Goodwin succeeds in lifting an important historical figure out of the fog of myth." —The Washington Post
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  • ISBN-13: 9781400159727
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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One of AudioFile magazine's Golden Voices, Simon Prebble has received over twenty Earphones Awards and five Listen-Up Awards, and he has been a finalist fourteen times for an Audie Award. In 2006, Publishers Weekly named him Narrator of the Year, and he was named Booklist's 2010 Voice of Choice.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    This book is a scholarly writing with a small amount of story.

    This book is a scholarly writing with a small amount of story. It was interesting to learn about Esteban, a black slave who crossed from Florida to Mexico by foot with three shipwrecked Spaniards. There wasn't much recorded about him though and most of the book was the author's search for records and descriptions of Spanish life and his contemporary experiences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2009

    Informative and Unique--First Outsider Explorer of the American South was an African Slave (Esteban Dorantes) with Three Spanish Nobleman (two captains and ship treasurer)--the Only Known Four Survivors of 300 Shipwrecked.

    Author Robert Goodwin provides an interesting and elaborate account of the first outside explorer of the American South, an African slave called Esteban Dorantes. As Goodwin writes in his introduction, "Esteban became the pivotal character in the amazing adventures he and his Spanish companions lived through during the first crossing of North America in recorded history. The story is well documented because an official report based on the testimony of the three spanish survivors..." What makes this nonfiction particularly interesting is the overall background of Spain and African Slavery during that time period (early to mid-16th Century). This book is quite cerebral on several levels and also explores spiritual issues of the exploration. It has lots of textual information but not a map of the routes traveled as may exist in many explorer books, one probably should familiarize oneself with a map if one is not familiar with the areas mentioned in the book. On this level, it is expected that the reader is familiar with the map areas of terrain covered, making it more scholarly than a mass-market book. It is easy reading, but not quick-reading material. I am halfway through this book and I find the content quite amazing as not only are they explorers, but also pioneers of good will messages amid brutal areas in some of their travels.

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    Posted January 28, 2010

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