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A Land so Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza De Vacaby Andre Resendez
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In 1528, a mission set out from Spain to colonize Florida. But the expedition went horribly wrong: Delayed by a hurricane, knocked off course by a colossal error of navigation, and ultimately doomed by a disastrous decision to separate the men from their ships, the mission quickly became a desperate journey of survival.
Of the three hundred men who had embarked on the journey, only four survived?three Spaniards and an African slave. This tiny band endured a horrific march through Florida, a harrowing raft passage across the Louisiana coast, and years of enslavement in the American Southwest. They journeyed for almost ten years in search of the Pacific Ocean that would guide them home, and they were forever changed by their experience. The men lived with a variety of nomadic Indians and learned several indigenous languages. They saw lands, peoples, plants, and animals that no outsider had ever seen before.
In this enthralling tale of four castaways wandering in an unknown land, Andr
Describes how four castaways, survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Florida, made their way across Florida and around the Gulf coast, only to endure years of enslavement in the American Southwest to finally make their way to the Pacific Ocean, a harrowing decade-long journey that took them thousands of miles across the unexplored wilderness of North America.
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Table of Contents
Introduction — The prize that was snatched away — A voyage of redemption — Landfall — Walking through Florida — On rafts — Enslaved — Into the heart of the continent — Following the corn trail — Contact — Epilogue.
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