Download A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca by Andrés Reséndez PDF

By Andrés Reséndez

ISBN-10: 0465068405

ISBN-13: 9780465068401

In 1528, a venture set out from Spain to colonize Florida. however the excursion went horribly flawed: not on time via a storm, knocked off beam via a monstrous mistakes of navigation, and finally doomed by means of a disastrous selection to split the lads from their ships, the venture speedy turned a determined trip of survival. Of the 400 males who had launched into the voyage, in simple terms 4 survived - 3 Spaniards and an African slave. This tiny band continued a bad march via Florida, a harrowing raft passage around the Louisiana coast, and years of enslavement within the American Southwest. They journeyed for nearly ten years looking for the Pacific Ocean that may consultant them domestic, they usually have been endlessly replaced via their event. the lads lived with various nomadic Indians and realized a number of indigenous languages. They observed lands, peoples, vegetation, and animals that no outsider had ever earlier than noticeable. during this mesmerizing story of 4 castaways wandering in an unknown land, Andrés Reséndez brings to lifestyles the immense, dynamic global of North the US quite a few years prior to eu settlers could remodel it eternally.

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She refused to bathe or change her clothes and would not eat in the presence of others. Her behavior was so erratic and contrary to prescribed royal protocol that she became known to history as Juana the Mad. This condition was brought about (or at least exacerbated) by her tumultuous marriage to Philip the Fair, an archduke from the Low Countries who enjoyed the company of other women. Juana’s possessiveness and jealousy lingered even after Philip’s death in 1506. 15 After Juana, the next in the line of succession was her eldest son, Charles.

Cabeza de Vaca was a man of slender physique in his midthirties. He hailed from Jerez de la Frontera, a parched but attractive Andalusian town about 50 miles due south of Seville. To this day Jerez is famous for its sweet wines (the English, not especially noteworthy for their faithful pronunciation of foreign names, rendered Jerez into “sherry”). Cabeza de Vaca’s contemporaries were first struck by his amusing last name, meaning “cow’s head,” which nonetheless carried a ring of nobility in the sixteenth century.

The armada was roughly twice as large as that of Cortés. 28 Velázquez considered leading the expedition to Mexico himself. But he was already too old and, as some playfully observed, too fat for such an undertaking. Narváez would lead it. He must have relished the staggering stakes involved. In uncharted lands, Narváez and his men would face not one but two enemies: a renegade band of Europeans and the most powerful indigenous polity in the hemisphere, possibly making common cause with each other.

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