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Relation that Alvar Núnez Cabeça de Vaca gave of what befel thearmament in the Indias whither Pánphilo de Narváez went for governor (from the years 1527 to 1537) when with three comrades he returned and came toSevilla : Printed from the Buckingham Smith translation of 1871

Castaways (or Naufragios) is the first major narrative of the exploration of North America by Europeans (1528-1536). It is also an enthralling story of adventure and survival against unimaginable odds. Its author, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, a fortune-seeking sixteenth-century Spanish nobleman, was the treasurer of an expedition to claim for the Spanish Crown a vast area that includes today's Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. A shipwreck forced him and a handful of men to make the long journey to the West coast, where they would meet up with Hernan Cortes, on foot. They endured unspeakable hardships, some of them surviving only by eating the dead. Others, including Cabeza de Vaca joined native peoples he met along the way, learning their languages and practices, and serving them as a slave and later as a physician. When after eight years he finally reached the West, he was not recognized by his compatriots. Cabeza de Vaca displays great interest in the cultures - so alien to his own - of the native peoples he encountered on his odyssey, observing their customs and belief systems with a degree of sophistication and sensitivity unusual in the conquistador. As he forged intimate bonds with some of them, sharing their brutal living conditions and curing their sick, he found himself on a voyage of self-discovery that was to make his reunion with his fellow Spaniards less joyful than expected. Cabeza de Vaca's narrative is a marvelously gripping story, but it is also much more. It is a first-hand account of sixteenth-century Spanish colonization, of the encounter between the conquistador and the Native American, of the aspirations and fears of exploration. It is a trove of ethnographic information, its descriptions and interpretations of native peoples' cultures making it a powerful precursor to modern anthropology. And it is a masterpiece of exploration writing, its author keenly aware of the fictive thrust that often energizes the writing of history.

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  • "Relation that Alvar Nunez Cabeça de Vaca gave of what befel thearmament in the Indias"@en

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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 account of the 1528-1536 expedition crackles with excitement and suspense, relating the survivors' journey across treacherous territory, rhapsodizing over the pristine beauty of the American wilderness, and offering firsthand information on American Indian life before European influence. Professor Cyclone Covey's outstanding translation represents the definitive edition of Cabeza de Vaca's odyssey, incorporating all of the latest related historic research. --Publisher."
  • "Castaways (or Naufragios) is the first major narrative of the exploration of North America by Europeans (1528-1536). It is also an enthralling story of adventure and survival against unimaginable odds. Its author, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, a fortune-seeking sixteenth-century Spanish nobleman, was the treasurer of an expedition to claim for the Spanish Crown a vast area that includes today's Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. A shipwreck forced him and a handful of men to make the long journey to the West coast, where they would meet up with Hernan Cortes, on foot. They endured unspeakable hardships, some of them surviving only by eating the dead. Others, including Cabeza de Vaca joined native peoples he met along the way, learning their languages and practices, and serving them as a slave and later as a physician. When after eight years he finally reached the West, he was not recognized by his compatriots. Cabeza de Vaca displays great interest in the cultures - so alien to his own - of the native peoples he encountered on his odyssey, observing their customs and belief systems with a degree of sophistication and sensitivity unusual in the conquistador. As he forged intimate bonds with some of them, sharing their brutal living conditions and curing their sick, he found himself on a voyage of self-discovery that was to make his reunion with his fellow Spaniards less joyful than expected. Cabeza de Vaca's narrative is a marvelously gripping story, but it is also much more. It is a first-hand account of sixteenth-century Spanish colonization, of the encounter between the conquistador and the Native American, of the aspirations and fears of exploration. It is a trove of ethnographic information, its descriptions and interpretations of native peoples' cultures making it a powerful precursor to modern anthropology. And it is a masterpiece of exploration writing, its author keenly aware of the fictive thrust that often energizes the writing of history."@en
  • "Castaways (or Naufragios) is the first major narrative of the exploration of North America by Europeans (1528-1536). It is also an enthralling story of adventure and survival against unimaginable odds. Its author, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, a fortune-seeking sixteenth-century Spanish nobleman, was the treasurer of an expedition to claim for the Spanish Crown a vast area that includes today's Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. A shipwreck forced him and a handful of men to make the long journey to the West coast, where they would meet up with Hernan Cortes, on foot. They endured unspeakable hardships, some of them surviving only by eating the dead. Others, including Cabeza de Vaca joined native peoples he met along the way, learning their languages and practices, and serving them as a slave and later as a physician. When after eight years he finally reached the West, he was not recognized by his compatriots. Cabeza de Vaca displays great interest in the cultures - so alien to his own - of the native peoples he encountered on his odyssey, observing their customs and belief systems with a degree of sophistication and sensitivity unusual in the conquistador. As he forged intimate bonds with some of them, sharing their brutal living conditions and curing their sick, he found himself on a voyage of self-discovery that was to make his reunion with his fellow Spaniards less joyful than expected. Cabeza de Vaca's narrative is a marvelously gripping story, but it is also much more. It is a first-hand account of sixteenth-century Spanish colonization, of the encounter between the conquistador and the Native American, of the aspirations and fears of exploration. It is a trove of ethnographic information, its descriptions and interpretations of native peoples' cultures making it a powerful precursor to modern anthropology. And it is a masterpiece of exploration writing, its author keenly aware of the fictive thrust that often energizes the writing of history."

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  • "Erlebnisbericht"
  • "Autobiographie 1527-1537"
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  • "Relation that Alvar Núnez Cabeça de Vaca gave of what befel thearmament in the Indias whither Pánphilo de Narváez went for governor (from the years 1527 to 1537) when with three comrades he returned and came toSevilla : Printed from the Buckingham Smith translation of 1871"@en
  • "Relation that Alvar Núñez Cabeça de Vaca gave of what befel the armament in the Indias whither Pánphilo de Narváez went for governor (from the years 1527 to 1537) when with three comrades he returned and came to Sevilla"
  • "Castaways the narrative of Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca"@en
  • "The journey and ordeal of Cabeza de Vaca his account of the disastrous first European exploration of the American Southwest"
  • "Relation that Alvar Núñez Cabeça de Vaca gave of what befel the armament in the Indias whither Pánphilo de Narváez went for governor (from the years 1527 to 1537) when with three comrades he returned and came to Sevilla.+"@en
  • "The journey and ordeal of Cabeza de Vaca : his account of the disastrous first European exploration of the American Southwest"@en
  • "The journey and ordeal of Cabeza de Vaca : his account of the disastrous first European exploration of the American Southwest"
  • "Relación y comentarios <engl.&gt"
  • "Naufragios : novela completa"
  • "Castaways : the narrative of Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca"
  • "Castaways : the narrative of Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca ; edited by Enrique Pupo-Walker ; translated by Frances M. López-Morillas"