Imaginary Cities of Gold: The Spanish Quest for Treasure in North America

Overview

Spanish conquistadors attempted to conquer the New World nearly a century before the English colonists established a permanent settlement at Jamestown. This book examines the unsuccessful elements of Spain's attempt at expanding its empire in the Americas, focusing particularly on the misadventures of three conquistadors. Part One tells the story of Cabeza de Vaca who, along with three other survivors of the ill-fated Pánfilo de Narváez expedition to Florida, spent nearly eight years among the various tribes that...
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Overview

Spanish conquistadors attempted to conquer the New World nearly a century before the English colonists established a permanent settlement at Jamestown. This book examines the unsuccessful elements of Spain's attempt at expanding its empire in the Americas, focusing particularly on the misadventures of three conquistadors. Part One tells the story of Cabeza de Vaca who, along with three other survivors of the ill-fated Pánfilo de Narváez expedition to Florida, spent nearly eight years among the various tribes that wandered across Texas, New Mexico, and northern Mexico before finding his way back to civilization. Their tales of lands rich with earthly delights served as inspiration for two epic but failed expeditions that make up the second and third parts of the book: Francisco de Coronado's quest to find the golden cities of Cibola and Hernando de Soto's efforts to find the rich kingdoms of Florida.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786443819
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/18/2009
  • Pages: 251
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter O. Koch is the author of several McFarland books. He lives in Bradenton, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 The Lure of the Quest 5

2 The Narvaez Expedition 22

3 The Spiritual Path of Cabeza de Vaca 50

4 Rumors of Magnificent Realms 67

5 Rivals for the Rights to Florida 74

6 A Clerical Error 89

7 The Coronado Expedition 102

8 Bitter Disappointment 110

9 Native Unrest 128

10 The Search for Quivira 138

11 The Road to Ruin 148

12 De Soto Claims His Prize 155

13 Pearls Before Swine 171

14 Across the Wide Mississippi 190

15 Nearing the End 217

16 The Long Way Home 224

Chapter Notes 233

Bibliography 235

Index 237

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