CABEZA DE VACA AND THE NARVAEZ EXPEDITION

This is Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca's rather self-glorifying account of the Narváez expedition of 1527 & 1528, initially under the leadership of the conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez. The disastrous initial stages of the expedition, along the west coast of Florida & turning west, saw the demise of Narváez &, eventually, all but four of the party: Cabeza de Vaca, of course, survived, after spending years among the native population of Texas & the surrounding area, along with Alonso del Castillo Maldonado, Andrés Dorantes de Carranza & the latter's Moorish slave Estevanico, this bedraggled foursome eventually encountering Spanish slavers in northern Mexico in the summer 1536, bearing tales of various cities of gold, eventually inspiring (at least in part) the rather fruitless expedition led by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado some years later.

I have divided the tale into three parts: -

+ - part 1 - the outset.

+ - part 2 - stranded!

+ - part 3 - return to "civilisation."

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