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Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America
Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America Author:Cabeza de Vaca 3 cassettes/4.5 hours. Narrated by George Guidall. — The 16th century odyssey of Cabeza de Vaca is one of the truly great epics of history, told by a truly remarkable man. It is the semi-official report to the king of Spain by the ranking surviving officer of a royal expedition to conquer Florida, a journey which fantastically miscarried. Four ou... more »t of a land force of 300 men found their way back to civilization after eight years and roughly 6,000 miles over mostly unknown reaches of Morth America. They were the first Europeans to see, and live to report on the interor of Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and northernmost Mexico, the first to see the oppossum and the buffalo, the Missisippi and the Pecos, the first to provide firsthand information on the pre-European Southwest.
Cabeza de Vaca's account is a tantalizing glimpse of what might have ensued from the innocent and wondrous first encounter had the men that followed in the footseteps of this extraordinary leader, explorer, healer and observer of human existence been half as compassionate, half as considerate of life in all its forms.« less
Heart-stopping adventures of early explorers to America's south and southwest...accounts of life among the Indian inhabitants as it was before the country was settled...best of all, in their own words...