Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The wonders of Cabeza de Vaca

Cabeza de Vaca's Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America (Zia Book) Cabeza de Vaca's Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America by Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
A real imagination capturer. This translated version of Relacion by Cyclone Covey, takes any amateur traveler, or narrative fan, deep into what we have come to call the American Southwest and Northern Mexico, but one senses the awe both Spaniards and Native Americans felt in this experience that anyone should read. There is a lot to be learned here.

The magnetism of Cabeza de Vaca's journey, and writing, continue to inspire more research and writing. Historian Andres Resendez recently came out with a new book on de Vaca, and said he found a few new facts in the process. I spoke briefly with him in a booksigning at Texas A&M International University for A Land So Strange, and he told me the new facts were found the Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain. Conquistador in Chains is another must read -- about de Vaca in South America -- for anyone curious about what really went on when Europeans invaded the Americas.

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