that of Cabeza de Vaca’s ten years wanderings in Texas and Mexico. The first that we hear Naufragios de Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. This was published. what one may read in the famous Naufragios and what is generally said about it, ationKrieger, “The Travels of Alvar Nuez Cabeza de Vaca story in that interpretative gap, working comentarios de Alvar Niuez Cabeza de Vaca, vol. 1, ed. Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was born around in Andalusia [3], a region of Spain [4]. Cabeza de Vaca’s own account, Los naufragios [the shipwrecked men] his own account of the South American events in his Comentarios ().

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So I had to go, and Dorantes and Estevanico went with me.

Out of the 80 or so survivors, only 15 lived past that winter. So they summoned us to do the same in order to be at least of some use.

Cabeza’s greatest challenge as an ambassador came when he attempted to bring peace between the conquering Spanish army and the natives. When the Christians learn- ed of it they gave an Indian the robe of marten we had taken from the cacique, as stated, in order that he should guide them to where I was, to naufraagios me, and so twelve of them came, two having become so feeble that they did not dare to take them along.

We saw the buoys in the water, and from this knew that the ships were lost.

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Though he found only the gravest hardship and poverty during his wanderings, he made his way back to Mexico in They are very liberal towards each other with what they have. He describes details of the culture of the Malhado people, the Capoque, and Han American Indians, such as their treatment of offspring, their wedding rites, and their main sources of food.


For never they build their abodes except where there are wood and water, and sometimes load them- selves with the requisites and go in quest of deer, which are found mostly where there is neither water nor wood.

Learn More in these related Britannica articles: The title of this the text caheza which was taken from the Edition of reads: The statements of other sur- vivors of the expedition of Narvaez men- tioned at the close of our narrative as having been met by Cabeza de Vaca in Mexico and in Spain cannot have been very encourag- ing to a fresh attempt at penetrating Florida. There are many kinds of tunas, and some very good ones, although to me all tasted well alike, hunger never leaving me time to select, or stop to think which ones were better.

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

They fashioned a bellows from deer hide to make a fire hot enough to forge tools and nails. So that night we reached a site where there were fifty dwellings, and the people were stupefied at seeing us and showed much fear.

Yale University Press, We travelled together for four days, our daily ration being half a handful of raw maize.

You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. All who are of the same descendancy clus- cabzea together. AFTER we had eaten the dogs it seemed to us that we had enough strength to go further on, so we commended ourselves to the guidance of God, Our Lord, took leave of these Indians, and they put us on the track of others of their language who were nearby.

At Cape Cor- rientes we had another, which lasted three days. The fertile land lay uncultivated and the natives were nearly starving, hiding in the forest, for fear of the Spanish army. So vzca ad- vice would be to move along the coast as far as the harbor, while the vessels with the other men would follow to the same port.


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November Learn how and when to remove this template message. Raised by his paternal grandfather, Pedro de Vera, one of the conquerors and governor of the Canary IslandsCabeza de Vaca joined the Spanish army in and served in Italy, Spain, and Navarre.

Their huts are of matting placed over four arches. It is also known that he was born in Jerez de la Frontera, in Spain, and hence was an Andalusian. The next day he sent a captain called Valenzuela with sixty footmen and six horsemen to cross the river and follow its course to the sea in search of a port.

In this condition we were until the 5th day of the month of November, when the Governor, with his four vessels, arrived. Whenever they work they suffer greatly from hunger.

For the night I used the following artifice: They told him how Esquivel stayed with them and how he fled because a woman dreamt he would kill her son, and the Indians pursued and killed him. For about one and a half leagues we walked, with the water up to the knee, and stepping on shells that cut our feet badly. The same Indians told us they had seen the Asturian and Figueroa with other In- dians further along on the coast, which we “There is no mention of this story in Oviedo.

At dawn we saw a small island, where we touched to search for water, but in vain, as there was none. At the end of the year, when they celebrate the anniversary, they scarify themselves and give to the relatives the pulverized bones to drink in water.