An introduction to Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition by Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. Learn about the book and the historical context in which it was written. Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition. Add to Goodreads. The New World story of the Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca in his own words. This riveting true story. The Narváez expedition was a Spanish journey of exploration and colonization started in .. Lalami explains that nothing is known about him except for one line in Cabeza de Vaca’s chronicle: “The fourth [survivor] is Estevanico, an Arab.

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While traveling with them we used to go the whole day without food, until nighttime, and then we would eat so little that the Indians were amazed. In spite of shipwreck, death, hunger, cannibalism, enslavement—in spite of being stripped of the trappings of European civilization and having every justification for suffering what we call today “culture shock”—Cabeza de Vaca, unlike a “humanist” like Juan de Sepulveda, treats the Indians he encounters as fully human rather than subhuman, and their cultures as worthy of study and recording rather than exploitation and destruction.

The warriors quickly dispersed, losing only one man. He opened himself up to other cultures and peoples, sympathized with them, then redefined his Eurocentric notions of humanity to account for their alterity. chrojicle

Narváez expedition

After the two leaders exchanged gifts, the expedition followed the Timucua into their territory and crossed the Suwannee River. The stranded survivors were enslaved by Native American tribes, and more men continued to die from harsh conditions.

The author describes expecition they find in the village, including a significant amount of corn. Hernando de Soto explored the southeastern portion of the future United States from to Traveling farther, they encounter more Indians who offer to get them water as long as one man, Doroteo Teodoro, comes with them.

They build five boats between early August and late September, during which time they raid local Indian villages and eat all but one of their horses to survive.


Capabilities Text to speech. Eventually, Cabeza de Vaca and the three other men remaining from the original expedition found other Spaniards and reached Mexico City inand they were able to return to Europe in The Spanish monarchy controlled the conquered parts of North, South, and Central America as a dominion of the Spanish crown.

When they reach Aute, naravez Indians are gone and their lodges burned, but their crops are still intact. All actively sought the mainstream centers of Western culture: The original purpose of the governor’s mission is to establish claims in Florida and much of what is now the southeastern United States.

The Indians tell a tale about a demon who terrorized them a decade or more before, and the Christians convince them that if they would “be Christians, like ourselves, they would not have to fear that man. Using the same technique, he heals five paralyzed people.

Despite an improved life, he continues to suffer physically from the conditions. Cabeza de Vaca remains so long because another Christian, Lope de Oviedo, still lives on the island. He eats raw corn when he has to, as well as many other roots, prickly pear, blackberries, raw meat, and even the scrapings from skins he is processing for tanning.

He may reconfirm Spain’s colonial vision, but not without letting a little air into it to make room for the differential nature of American reality—revision and supplement.

Making his way to the nearby native village, he traded items such as glass beadsbrass bellsand cloth for fresh fish and venison. Making stops at Hispaniola and Cuba on the way to Florida, the fleet was devastated by a hurricaneamong other storms, and lost two ships.

In the two thousand leagues we traveled, on land, and by sea in boats, in the ten months more after our rescue from captivity that we untiringly walked across land, nowhere did we come upon either sacrifices or idolatry.

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Esquivel, the last to survive by cannibalism, was taken by an Indian and lived to tell Figueroa his tale. We all prayed to [God] as well as we could to restore them to health and he, seeing there was no other way of getting those people to help us so that we might be saved from our miserable existence, had mercy on us.


They mined such metals beginning in the sixteenth and through the seventeenth century, primarily in South America, until the supply of raw materials began to give out. The author successfully removes it, bringing him and his traveling companions much fame.

In the next chapter, the author dismisses the concerns of some of his group and asks these Indians to crhonicle them to their homes. He recounts that “He nadvaez that this was no time for orders; that each one should do the best he could to save himself. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The author finally persuades the Indians eexpedition return to their lives, though the other Christians deceive Cabeza de Vaca and his companions by leading them around in a manner that prevents communication with the Indians, who indeed are enslaved.

Other translations are based on the edition, including chapter divisions and expwdition paragraph breaks for easier reading, and the translators chronicke differed in choosing how much to modernize vocabulary, phrasing, and capitalization. View a FREE sample. From the Trade Paperback edition. The party crosses another river, deep and swift, and lose their first man, who drowns with his horse.

Oviedo decides not to stay on but chooses to return with some women of the Deaguanes Indians.

Cabeza de Vaca performs crude surgery on one Indian who has a long arrowhead lodged near his heart. On the second trek inland a few narvaaez later, a small party captures four Indians, who take the group to their village.