Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

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In the prologue to his great story relating his shipwreck and wanderings in North America, he refers to his forefather's service to the King, and regrets that his own deeds could not be as great, due to forces beyond his control. As treasurer, and hence one of the chief officers, of the Narvaez expedition, he, Moorish former slave Estevanico, Andres Dorantes de Carranza and Alonso del Castillo Maldonado were the only survivors of the party of 600 men...
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The four were enslaved by various Native American tribes of the upper Gulf coast (including the Han and the Capoques of Galveston Island, which the explorers termed Malhado, or Island of Doom) but later escaped and eventually reached Mexico City. Traveling mostly in this small group, Cabeza de Vaca explored what are now the U...
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