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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.
Of the 300 Spanish explorers who set out to discover North America, only four returned. Cabeza de Vaca's account of the 1528-1536 expedition crackles with excitement, relating the survivors' journey across treacherous territory, rhapsodizing over the beauty of the American wilderness, and offering information on American Indian life before European influence.
Unabridged republication of Cabeza de Vaca's 'Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America'. One of history's greatest true adventure stories.
Table of Contents
1 The Sailing of the Armada 2 The Governor's Arrival at Xagua with a Pilot 3 Our Landing in Florida 4 Our Penetration of the Country 5 The Governor's Leave-Taking 6 The Entry into Apalachen 7 The Character of the Country 8 Adventures in and out of Apalachen 9 The Ominous Note at Aute 10 Our Departure from Aute 11 The Building of the Barges and Our Departure from the Bay 12 The First Month at Sea after Departing the Bay of Horses 13 Treachery in the Night Ashore 14 The Disappearance of the Greek 15 The Indian Assault and the Arrival at a Great River 16 The Splitting-Up of the Flotilla 17 A Sinking and a Landing 18 What Befell Oviedo with the Indians 19 The Indians' Hospitality before and after a New Calamity 20 News of Other Christians 21 Why We Named the Island "Doom" 22 The Malhado Way of Life 23 How We Became Medicine-Men 24 My Years as a Wandering Merchant 25 The Journey to the Great Bay 26 The Coming of the Indians with Dorantes, Castillo, and Estevaruco
27 The Story of What Had Happened to the Others 28 Figueroa's Further Story of What Had Hapandshy;pened to the Others 29 Last Up-Dating on the Fate of the Others 30 The Life of the Mariames and Y guaces 31 The Tribal Split and News of the Remaining Barge 32 Our Escape 33 Our Success with Some of the Afflicted and My Narrow Escape 34 More Cures 35 The Story of the Visitation of Mr. Badthing 36 Our Life among the Avavares and Arbadaos 37 Our Pushing On 38 Customs of that Region 39 Indian Warfare 40 An Enumeration of the Nations and Tongues 41 A Smoke; a Tea; Women and Eunuchs 42 Four Fresh Receptions 43 A Strange New Development 44 Rabbit Hunts and Processions of Thousands 45 My Famous Operation in the Mountain Country 46 The Severe Month's March to the Great River 47 The Cow People 48 The Long Swing-Around 49 The Town of Hearts 50 The Buckle and the Horseshoe Nail 51 The First Confrontation 52 The Falling-Out with Our Countrymen 53 The Parley at Culiacan 54 The Great Transformation 55 Arrival in Mexico City 56 My Voyage Home 57 What Became of the Others Who Went to the Indies Afterword Index