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Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest

David Roberts



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16 July 2019
History; European history; History of the Americas; Historical geography; Geographical discovery & exploration
In July 1776, Franciscan friars Francisco Atanasio Dom??nguez and Silvestre V??lez de Escalante set out from Santa Fe to blaze a pathway to the new Spanish missions in California, across the huge expanse of what would become the American Southwest. Their charge was only to scout a trading route, but dearer to the padres' hearts was the mission to convert the native tribes?

Navajo, Ute, Paiute, Havasupai, and Hopi?to Christianity. In October, in western Utah, ravaged by hunger and cold, the twelve men had to turn back. Stymied by the raging Colorado River, killing their horses for food, the team saw an exploring expedition transformed into a fight for survival. In this chronicle of adventure and history, David Roberts retraces the Spaniards' forgotten route, using Escalante's diary as his guide. Blending personal narrative with critical analysis, he relives the glories, catastrophes, and courage of this desperate journey.
By:   David Roberts
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   645g
ISBN:   9780393652062
ISBN 10:   0393652068
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   16 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Roberts is the award-winning author of twenty-nine books about mountaineering, exploration, and anthropology, including Alone on the Wall which was written with world-class rock climber Alex Honnold, whose historic feats were featured in the film Free Solo.

Reviews for Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest

A luminous work of exploration, both personal and historical, written by one of my very favorite writers of the American Southwest. This is a piercingly beautiful and eloquent book. -- Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of the Monkey God and Cities of Gold

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