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Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition (Penguin Classics)


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This riveting true story is the first major narrative detailing the exploration of North America by Spanish conquistadors (1528-1536). The author, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, was a fortune-seeking Spanish nobleman and the treasurer of an expedition sent to claim for Spain a vast area of today's southern United States. In simple, straightforward prose, Cabeza de Vaca chronicles the nine-year odyssey endured by the men after a shipwreck forced them to make a westward journey on foot from present-day Florida through Louisiana and Texas into California. In thirty-eight brief chapters, Cabeza de Vaca describes the scores of natural and human obstacles they encountered as they made their way across an unknown land. Cabeza de Vaca's gripping account offers a trove of ethnographic information, including descriptions and interpretations of native cultures, making it a powerful precursor to modern anthropology.


A classic tale of exploration and adventure in the New World. First time in Penguin Classics.

About the Author

Ilan Stavans is the author of the memoir On Borrowed Words. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Latino Literature Prize.

Harold Augenbraum is director of the Mercantile Library of New York and its Center for World Literature. His most recent book is U.S. Latino Literature: A Critical Guide.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Ilan Stavans; Revised and Annotated Translation by Harold Augenbraum


Suggested Further Reading


Illustrations: Facsimile of the Title Page of the 1542 Edition; The Route of Cabeza de Vaca

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Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca


Chapter One: When the Fleet Left Spain and the Men Who Went with It

Chapter Two: How the Governor Came to Xagua and Brought a Pilot with Him

Chapter Three: How We Arrived in Florida

Chapter Four: How We Went to the Interior

Chapter Five: How the Governor Left the Ships

Chapter Six: How We Got to Apalache

Chapter Seven: The Lay of the Land

Chapter Eight: How We Left Aute

Chapter Nine: How We Left the Bay of Horses

Chapter Ten: On the Skirmish We Had with the Indians

Chapter Eleven: What Happened to Lope de Oviedo with Some Indians

Chapter Twelve: How the Indians Brought Us Food

Chapter Thirteen: How We Learned About Other Christians

Chapter Fourteen: How Four Christians Departed

Chapter Fifteen: What Happened to Us on the Isle of Misfortune

Chapter Sixteen: How the Christians Left the Island

Chapter Seventeen: How the Indians Arrived with Andrés Dorantes and Castillo and Estavanico

Chapter Eighteen: Esquiviel's Account, Related by Figueroa

Chapter Nineteen: How the Indians Separated Us

Chapter Twenty: How We Fled

Chapter Twenty-One: How We Cured Several Sick People

Chapter Twenty-Two: How the Following Day They Brought Other Sick People

Chapter Twenty-Three: How We Departed After Eating the Dogs

Chapter Twenty-Four: The Customs of the Indians of That Land

Chapter Twenty-Five: How Ready the Indians Are with Weapons

Chapter Twenty-Six: On Nations and Languages

Chapter Twenty-Seven: How We Moved and Were Received

Chapter Twenty-Eight: On Another New Custom

Chapter Twenty-Nine: How They Steal from One Another

Chapter Thirty: How the Manner of Reception Changed

Chapter Thirty-One: How We Followed the Corn Trail

Chapter Thirty-Two: How They Gave Us Hearts of Deer

Chapter Thirty-Three: How We Saw Traces of Christians

Chapter Thirty-Four: How I Sent for the Christians

Chapter Thirty-Five: How Well the Chief Magistrate Received Us on the Night of Our Arrival

Chapter Thirty-Six: How We Had Churches Built in That Land

Chapter Thirty-Seven: What Occurred When I Wished to Return

Chapter Thirty-Eight: What Happened to the Others Who Went to the Indies



Product Details

Augenbraum, Harold
Stavans, Ilan
Augenbraum, Harold
Stavans, Ilan
Augenbraun, Harold
de Vaca, Alvar Nunez Cabeza
Vaca, Alvar Nunez Cabeza De
Augenbraun, Harold
Nuunez Cabeza De Vaca, Alvar
Stavans, Ilan
, Ilan
Bandelier, Fanny
Augenbraum, Harold
Penguin Books
New York
Indians of north america
United States - General
Explorers -- America.
US History-General
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
no. 96-141
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.76x5.14x.42 in. .28 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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