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Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition

Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca



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Penguin Classics
25 June 2002
General & world history; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700; Geographical discovery & exploration; Classic travel writing
This riveting true story is the first major narrative detailing the exploration of North America by Spanish conquistadors (1528-1536). The author, Alvar Nunez 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 breif chapters, he describes the scores of natural and human obstacles they encountered as they made their way across the unmapped land. Cabeza de Vaca's gripping account offers a trove of ethnographic information, including descriptions and interpretations of native cultures, making its a powerful precursor to modern anthropology.
By:   Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 11mm
Weight:   128g
ISBN:   9780142437070
ISBN 10:   0142437077
Series:   Penguin Classics S.
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   25 June 2002
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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