Castaways The Narrative of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

ISBN-10: 0520070631

ISBN-13: 9780520070639

Edition: 1993

Authors: Enrique Pupo-Walker, Frances M. L�pez-Morillas, Alvar N��ez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar Nunez

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This enthralling story of survival is the first major narrative of the exploration of North America by Europeans (1528-36). The author ofCastaways(Naufragios), Alvar Nuacute;ntilde;ez Cabeza de Vaca, was a fortune-seeking nobleman and the treasurer of an expedition to claim for Spain a vast area that includes today's Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. A shipwreck forced him and a handful of men to make the long westward journey on foot to meet up with Hernaacute;n Corteacute;s. In order to survive, Cabeza de Vaca joined native peoples along the way, learning their languages and practices and serving them as a slave and later as a physician. When after eight years he finally reached the West, he was not recognized by his compatriots. In his writing Cabeza de Vaca displays great interest in the cultures of the native peoples he encountered on his odyssey. As he forged intimate bonds with some of them, sharing their brutal living conditions and curing their sick, he found himself on a voyage of self-discovery that was to make his reunion with his fellow Spaniards less joyful than expected. Cabeza de Vaca's gripping narrative is a trove of ethnographic information, with descriptions and interpretations of native cultures that make it a powerful precursor to modern anthropology. Frances M. Loacute;pez-Morillas's translation beautifully captures the sixteenth-century original. Based as it is on Enrique Pupo-Walker's definitive critical edition, it promises to become the authoritative English translation.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/23/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 158
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English


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Editor's Foreword
Prologue 3
Which Recounts When the Fleet Sailed, and the Officers and Men Who Went in It
How the Governor Arrived at the Port of Jagua and Brought a Pilot with Him
How We Reached Florida
How We Marched Inland
How the Governor Left the Ships
How We Reached Apalachee
Of the Manner of the Land
How We Departed from Aute
How We Departed from the Bay of Horses
Of the Fight We Had with the Indians
Of What Befell Lope de Oviedo with Some Indians
How the Indians Brought Us Food
How We Had News of Other Christians
How Four Christians Departed
What Befell Us in the Isle of Ill Fortune
How the Christians Departed from the Isle of Ill Fortune
How the Indians Came and Brought Andres Dorantes and Castillo and Estebanico
Of the Report Given to Figueroa by Esquivel
How the Indians Separated Us
How We Escaped
How We Cured Some Sufferers There
How They Brought Us More Sick Folk Next Day
How We Departed after Eating the Dogs
Of the Customs of the Indians of That Land
Of the Indians' Readiness to Use Arms
Of the Tribes and Their Languages
How We Moved and Were Well Received
Of Another New Custom
How Some Indians Robbed the Others
How the Custom of Receiving Us Changed
How We Followed the Maize Road
How They Gave Us Hearts of Deer
How We Saw Traces of Christians
How I Sent for the Christians
How the Mayor Received Us Well on the Night We Arrived
How We Caused Churches to Be Built in That Land
Of What Befell When I Decided to Return
What Befell the Others Who Went to the Indies
Appendix A: Note on the Text
Appendix B: The American Cultures Described in Cabeza de Vaca's Naufragios
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