Download e-book for iPad: A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca by Andrés Reséndez

By Andrés Reséndez

ISBN-10: 0465068405

ISBN-13: 9780465068401

In 1528, a venture set out from Spain to colonize Florida. however the day trip went horribly fallacious: behind schedule through a typhoon, knocked off beam via a monstrous mistakes of navigation, and eventually doomed via a disastrous determination to split the boys from their ships, the challenge quick turned a determined trip of survival. Of the 400 males who had launched into the voyage, basically 4 survived - 3 Spaniards and an African slave. This tiny band persevered a bad march via Florida, a harrowing raft passage around the Louisiana coast, and years of enslavement within the American Southwest. They journeyed for nearly ten years looking for the Pacific Ocean that will consultant them domestic, they usually have been ceaselessly replaced by means of their event. the lads lived with quite a few nomadic Indians and realized numerous indigenous languages. They observed lands, peoples, vegetation, and animals that no outsider had ever sooner than noticeable. during this enchanting story of 4 castaways wandering in an unknown land, Andrés Reséndez brings to existence the big, dynamic global of North the USA quite a few years earlier than eu settlers could rework it perpetually.

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The armada was roughly twice as large as that of Cortés. 28 Velázquez considered leading the expedition to Mexico himself. But he was already too old and, as some playfully observed, too fat for such an undertaking. Narváez would lead it. He must have relished the staggering stakes involved. In uncharted lands, Narváez and his men would face not one but two enemies: a renegade band of Europeans and the most powerful indigenous polity in the hemisphere, possibly making common cause with each other.

Food), he moved his troops and weapons into Cempoallan, located 20 miles inland. Narváez established his command and artillery right on top of the pyramids and temples of Cempoallan. 37 When Cortés learned of Narváez’s arrival, he had little choice but to divide his expedition. He left about 200 men in MexicoTenochtitlán to preserve a precarious standoff with the Aztecs. With the balance of his forces—fewer than 350 men—Cortés retraced his steps to Cempoallan to face a far superior force. But Cortés had a tool than Narváez lacked: gold.

Qxd 9/11/07 10:01 AM Page 18 A LAND SO STRANGE out generous tips to the aposentadores, the court officials charged with making the lodging arrangements. In the absence of such a bribe, the courtier was liable to wind up in a bleak inn far from the ear of the King and his ministers. It was only the first of a great many expenses. The courtier was responsible for paying a veritable army of service providers: butchers, bakers, and winemakers for supplies; woodcutters for fuel to stay warm; shoemakers and tailors for elegant clothing; doormen who controlled access to the King; royal servants who eased matters in his presence; secretaries who controlled the pace of the business being transacted; and so forth.

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