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By Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Frances M. López-Morillas | Comments: ( 665 ) | Date: ( Nov 15, 2019 )

Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca was the first European to cross the North American continent This remarkable book is his odyssey, first written in 1542 as an official report to the king of Spain under the title La Relacion.


  • Title: Castaways
  • Author: Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Frances M. López-Morillas
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback

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Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Frances M. López-Morillas

lvar N ez Cabeza de Vaca was a Spanish explorer of the New World, and one of four survivors of the 1527 Narv ez expedition During eight years of traveling across the US Southwest, he became a trader and faith healer to various Native American tribes before reconnecting with Spanish colonial forces in Mexico in 1536 After returning to Spain in 1537, he wrote an account, first published in 1542 as La Relaci n The Relation , or in modern terms The Account , which in later editions was retitled Naufragios Shipwrecks Cabeza de Vaca has been considered notable as a proto anthropologist for his detailed accounts of the many tribes of American Indians that he encountered.



Comments Castaways

  • Michelle Burgard

    I found this book to be especially interesting. I am taking a class on this time period right now and i loved the first-hand account you get. There is so much detail and excitement that you can read in Cabeza de Vaca's "voice". Its beautiful


  • Baal Of

    The volume I've read is not actually in the database, so I'm marking this one as the closest to what I've read. It's hard to put a rating on this, since it is a narrative of events, not intended to be literary. The writing is mundane, but it provides interesting insight into this failed expedition. Cabeza de Vaca invokes thanks to god about every 3 to 4 pages, presumably for sparing him from death, even though hundreds around him die, and he suffers starvation, disease, and numerous other hards [...]


  • Katie

    I surrender to this boring book of no worth.Today I had to sit my comp lit exam and I wrote about this book based on analysis I did not personally retrieve from this book because it was so devastatingly dull and useless that I couldn't bear to read beyond page 18. Maybe one day.obably not though.


  • Rachel Ninnette

    Why, oh why was I forced to read this?


  • Mike

    Considering the number of years Cabeza de Vaca wandered, the narrative seemed brief. For me, the most interesting part was his description of how the natives of the Gulf Coast lived day-to-day in search of any type of food or rainwater, relying on each other for trading and protection. I didn't realize how rare it was to eat meat, considering deer hunts happened only two or three times a year because of the difficulty of the hunt. It's a fascinating account of a native nomadic lifestyle, with th [...]


  • Marti

    While much of this story is true, the author (whose name literally means Cow's Head) seems to have embellished to the point where he portrays himself as almost a Christ like faith healer among the Native Americans of 1527 (he had a reason to want to make himself look good to the King of Spain). It's still pretty amazing that he survived this disastrous expedition at all. He seems to have spent 10 years wandering the southern U.S. from the Florida Panhandle to what is Modern Day California or Mex [...]


  • Yann

    Deux excellents témoignages, rares, de Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca,un conquistador espagnol qui va se retrouver un première fois perdu en Floride et va errer pendant 10 ans parmi les natifs, de 1527 à 1536, tour a tour esclave, colporteur puis guérisseur miraculeux. Cet exemple montre très admirablement tout l'avantage qu'on peut trouver à abuser la crédulité des hommes pour sauver sa vie, sa liberté et convertir ses persécuteurs en serviteurs dévoués.Le narrateur finit par retrouv [...]


  • Michelle Boyer

    de Vaca may not be the best source since he likes himself a lotAs a travel narrative, Cabeza de Vaca’s Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America has quite a lot of action, adventure, and dramatic death sequences, all of which clearly fascinated readers upon his return to Spain. It is no doubt notable that only three of the original group survived, traveling over 6,000 miles in an eight-year period (145). The interactions between Cabeza de Vaca and the different Indigenous groups that he en [...]


  • JerryBoBerry

    If you've ever wondered what American Indians were like before they were influenced by European settlers, this is the book you should read.He spent years travelling all around the southern and midwest of America, being the first white man many tribes ever encountered. It describes his life as a slave for some tribes. How he became a medicine man. Even trading between tribes as he traveled around. All around this is an excellent source of history.


  • Invadozer Misothorax Circular-thallus Popewaffensquat

    Having seen the movie with the same title a few times Ifound out this amazing book and slammed my head betweenthe pages like a maniac. I, expecting a paganpsychotic ranting El Topo type, read that the Spaniard Cabezaexplores the North American continent addled and spun withthoughts stuck in the Catholic religion. In the movie he'smade into a witch doctor. In the book he's made into awitch doctor. However, he does everything in God's namewith the sign of the cross over the sick and healsthem. He [...]


  • Abe Something

    I didn't like the inclusion of in-text notes from the editor. I have to say that first in case you're considering reading de Vaca's narrative. There are other editions, this isn't the one to buy if you're looking to enjoy the original author's uninterrupted text. Now, as for de Vaca's narrative it is enjoyable on many levels (it's a travel narrative, a loosely anthropological survey, a testament to Christianity, and a morality tale spun for the King) and reminded me of Marco Polo's travel narrat [...]


  • Benjamin Chandler

    A pretty fascinating book, the true recollections of the Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish explorer whose 1527 expedition goes horribly wrong, and he ends up living with native peoples and traveling by foot from the shores of Texas to the Pacific Ocean and down to Mexico City. He spends much time discussing the strange customs of the Indians he encounters and describes how he set himself up as a trader between tribes and became something of a faith healer in the process. Most interesting was the fact th [...]


  • Jeff

    My students have to read a section of this from their textbook. It's their first assignment of the year for my class. So I thought I might read through the entire journal. It's as dry as you might expect, but there are some interesting things that reveal themselves through the course of the book. Most importantly is the change in de Vaca's interaction and attitude with the native population. The natives that he encounters near Galveston Island are described as much more vicious and savage than t [...]


  • Patrick Sprunger

    The narrative of Cabeza de Vaca is short enough to read every few years. I've read two translations (and bogged down in the original 16th century Spanish original) and now believe it's a good idea to read a couple of different scholars' take on connotation and nuance. Though on the surface the narrative seems to be a thrilling survival story (a la raft of the Medusa, Endurance), the real point of interest is how Cabeza de Vaca interpreted his perceived ability to perform miracles, on cue, in God [...]


  • Lark Benobi

    Breathtaking, amazing. Cabeza de Vaca's first person account allowed me to glimpse what it was like for Europeans to encounter a hurricane for the first time, for example, or to realize how utterly helpless the Spaniards were, how lost, when they were first exploring new territory. I've watchedNicolás Echevarría's extraordinary film and have also read three biographies now of Cabeza de Vaca's experiences, but reading the man's own words moved me in a completely different way. I was worried the [...]


  • Jacob

    People hate Columbus because he represents the end to the buffalo and wild berries and peace pipes and rain dances that were the daily norm before the white man arrived with his gold mints and white picket fences. And it's true - this world is worse for the wear. But, if you read Cabaza de Vaca's account of his five year captivity among different tribes across the Southern United States and Northern Mexico (as they stand now) the idyllic world of the Native American grinds to a draught-ridden, b [...]


  • Dusty

    Interestingly, the most engaging of the chronicles of the Spanish conquest of the Americas is this chronicle of failure. In Spanish, the book is often known as Naufragios, which means Shipwrecks, and that's exactly what happens throughout, both literally and metaphorically. The story begins in 1527, when the Spaniard Pánfilo de Narváez led an expedition to colonize Florida. After various storms, wrecks, abandonments, kidnappings, and other calamities, only four of the men who had accompanied N [...]


  • Gloria Russell

    Very readable and fascinating account of Cabeza de Vaca's journey, as recorded by himself. After reading a fictionalized account to my kids for homeschool (Walk the World's Rim), I was curious to read what actually happened. An expedition failed, many starved or were lost at sea on makeshift barges, some killed by "Indians" until only four were left, surviving as slaves of some native peoples on the gulf coast. They escape and travel all the way to Mexico, surviving by good relationship with the [...]


  • John

    This is a fascinating first-hand account of Cabeza de Vaca's wandering exploration of North America in the early 1500s. Essentially abandoned in NW Florida, Cabeza de Vaca wanders the gulf coast as far as Galveston, then heads inland through northern Mexico, where he develops a reputation as a faith healer. He eventually reunites with Spanish colonials in Culiacan in NW Mexico, after wandering for 9 years and learning more about he native populations of the New World than anyone. His book was wr [...]


  • Silvina

    Me pareció muy aburrido. Pero a la vez interesante por la historia que cuenta. No podía creer que todo haya sido real. Pobre Alvar Nuñez que tuvo que pasar todo eso y sobrevivir sin conocer nada y aprovechandose de los indios (obviamente).Me alegró que sobreviviera y que volviera a Castilla. Aunque ya sabia que eso sucedia.Es un libro que no leería por placer (lo hice por mis estudios). Pero es interesante sin dudas.


  • Paul

    Saw this book in a second hand bookstore and it just kind of caught my fancy. Glad it did.Excellent. How much of the story is true? We will never know. I am sure it is quite possible there is some embellishment. Still, an excellent read about an amazing journey across the southern tier of the United States. Highly recommended if your interested in a story of discovery, physical, emotional, and spirtual.


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  • William

    This book is amazing. If by some random chance you read this tag, you owe it to yourself to read this book. Simply amazing.


  • Wes

    Not exactly my favorite of the Conquistador books, but this one is pretty interesting as it is very different than all the others. De Vaca was part of a doomed expedition, and this is more about his trip home which took YEARS. Part ethnography, part travel literature, in my mind, one of the most interesting tidbits of this particular account is the appearance of Panfilo de Narvaez, the same man sent to Mexico to round up Cortes and his men during the conquest of Mexico. De Vaca doesn't have the [...]


  • Michael Brown

    One of the great historical epics of exploration, survival, and encounter between radically different cultures. In the early decades of Spanish incursions into the Americas, Cabeza De Vaca and a few companions survive a disastrous expedition to Florida in 1528, making their way around the Gulf of Mexico coast and then across northern Mexico over a period of 8 years. Along the way they are adopted into various tribes, become revered as shaman healers and come to acknowledge the humanity of those [...]


  • Becky

    ohhhhhhhh so much more interesting than what I learned in high school about the discovery of North America. A must read for "New World" history buffs and others interested in one of the earliest chronicles of Spanish penetration into what is now the United States. This was shared with me by one of my friends from the women's book club that I belong toe thought I would really like it and I did. It's told in the first person.nture tale style.


  • Marcus

    Brief, but not an easy read, though it contains fascinating observations that make it worth the effort. A lot of the vagueness obviously comes from the challenge of writing about things never written about before, but even the details of the Spaniards' expedition itself were sometimes difficult to follow. However, the glimpses of the land seen hundreds of years before today's countries came into being made it worthwhile.


  • Mikey Connor

    Was a bit dry at first but as the journey progresses it becomes much more enjoyable. The way the author adapts and comes to respect many of the people he comes across shows a great level of empathy. In a world where the cultures of other people, especially nomadic and tribal, are looked down upon it's nice to read about someone willing to learn and work with people much different with them self. A wonderful read if you like books about exploration, tribal people, or the human condition.


  • Paul

    I like books like this -- first-hand accounts of early, even first, explorations of a new/strange (to Europeans) land. The account is much sketchier than I would have wished, but then Cabeza did not keep a journal during the many years he wandered thru the southern and western USA in the 1520s, so he had to write this short account from memory. But there is some fascinating stuff in there. Odd that he does not mention alligators, but perhaps they were already old hat for the Spaniards.


  • Bill Currie

    This bibliographical account can only be viewed as a miraculous story of first hand knowledge of early American natives that inhabited Mexico gulf region. Cabeza de Vaca's personal bravery and fortitude aside, he tells of environment, culture, life style, customs, food harvesting patterns and social norms which caused me such difficulty in feeling extreme empathy. He was a true heroic adventurer, through not by choice but by circumstance.


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