The Journey and Ordeal of Cabeza de Vaca: His Account of the Disastrous First European Exploration of the American Southwest

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Of the 300 Spanish explorers who set out to discover and conquer the wilderness of North America, only four returned — after covering about 6,000 miles in the course of eight harrowing years. Cabeza de Vaca's incredible account of his 1528-1536 expedition of what is now the southern and southwestern United States and northern Mexico is unparalleled in the history of exploration. The first European to see and report sightings of the buffalo and the Mississippi River, he presents a narrative that crackles with excitement and suspense, from interactions with friendly and hostile Indians and observations on their culture, to passionate descriptions of the pristine beauty of the American wilderness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486431802
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/2/2011
  • Edition description: Unabridged Republication Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 602,417
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Sailing of the Armada
2 The Governor's Arrival at Xagua with a Pilot
3 Our Landing in Florida
4 Our Penetration of the Country
5 The Governor's Leave-Taking
6 The Entry into Apalachen
7 The Character of the Country
8 Adventures in and out of Apalachen
9 The Ominous Note at Aute
10 Our Departure from Aute
11 The Building of the Barges and Our Departure from the Bay
12 The First Month at Sea after Departing the Bay of Horses
13 Treachery in the Night Ashore
14 The Disappearance of the Greek
15 The Indian Assault and the Arrival at a Great River
16 The Splitting-Up of the Flotilla
17 A Sinking and a Landing
18 What Befell Oviedo with the Indians
19 The Indians' Hospitality before and after a New Calamity
20 News of Other Christians
21 Why We Named the Island "Doom"
22 The Malhado Way of Life
23 How We Became Medicine-Men
24 My Years as a Wandering Merchant
25 The Journey to the Great Bay
26 The Coming of the Indians with Dorantes, Castillo, and Estevaruco
27 The Story of What Had Happened to the Others
28 Figueroa's Further Story of What Had Hap­pened to the Others
29 Last Up-Dating on the Fate of the Others
30 The Life of the Mariames and Y guaces
31 The Tribal Split and News of the Remaining Barge
32 Our Escape
33 Our Success with Some of the Afflicted and My Narrow Escape
34 More Cures
35 The Story of the Visitation of Mr. Badthing
36 Our Life among the Avavares and Arbadaos
37 Our Pushing On
38 Customs of that Region
39 Indian Warfare
40 An Enumeration of the Nations and Tongues
41 A Smoke; a Tea; Women and Eunuchs
42 Four Fresh Receptions
43 A Strange New Development
44 Rabbit Hunts and Processions of Thousands
45 My Famous Operation in the Mountain Country
46 The Severe Month's March to the Great River
47 The Cow People
48 The Long Swing-Around
49 The Town of Hearts
50 The Buckle and the Horseshoe Nail
51 The First Confrontation
52 The Falling-Out with Our Countrymen
53 The Parley at Culiacan
54 The Great Transformation
55 Arrival in Mexico City
56 My Voyage Home
57 What Became of the Others Who Went to the Indies
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