A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca

A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca

by Andrés Reséndez

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ISBN-13: 9780465068418
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 01/05/2009
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 294,257
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Andrés Reséndez is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. His book The Other Slavery won the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in Davis, California, with his family.

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A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bthibo3 More than 1 year ago
The story of Cabeza de Vaca is enjoyable, interesting, and even comical. The book reads like a narrative of adventure and not a history book filled with facts and dates. Don't get me wrong, the author provides all the information necessary to grasp the events of their journey, but he does so in a fluent and easy-reading manner. I was caught up in the story as if it were fictional. Their journey is very interesting--the interaction with the natives and their method of survival serve as a foundation for understanding the Spanish perspective of the continent. I say it's comical because the lack of information the expidition based their journey on was minimal. The fact that they didn't fully understand the power of the 'Gulf Stream', which forced them to land on the western shore of Florida instead of their destination (Northeast Mexico), was the beginning of my whimsical perception of the journey. I strongly suggest this book for anyone interested in early American history, Spanish exploration, adventure, or anthropolgy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great historical read. Somewhat short however. A full 100 pages of 260 are taken up by notes on references.
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TOverton More than 1 year ago
I'm very pleased. This was a good story to learn. For those of us looking for a diversion from our style of reading biographies this is a nice quick read with quite a few pieces of history thrown in. A Land So Strange is a history of an adventure across southern North America. Of 300 landing by accident on the west coast of Florida only 4 survive their trek to reach todays Mexico. Upon encountering numerous Indian civilizations they lose in numbers, although gaining useful tips how to survive. The reader will learn some geography here. Where best do the prickly pears grow? Those paper shell pecans? Did you know that at one time from 50 to 70 million Indians lived in North America, roughly the same population in Europe simultaneously. The survivors do make it to their original destination but only after years of wondering. Our author, Andre Resendez, manages to ferry the reader along in this adventure. A good historical read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very well written and well researched book. The writer's style made the book flow easily so that it read as an adventure novel, just as much as it read as a historical work. The story itself was utterly fascinating. I would recommed this book to anyone of any age who enjoys reading history or adventure works.