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- DescriptionRunner-up, Second place, Presidio La Bahia Award, Sons of the Republic of Texas, 2003 Perhaps one has ever been such a survivor as alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. Member of a 600-man expedition sent out from Spain to colonize La Florida in 1527, he survived a failed exploration of the west coast of Florida, an open-boat crossing of the Gulf of Mexico, shipwreck on the Texas coast, six years of captivity among native peoples, and an arduous, overland journey in which he and the three other remaining survivors of the original expedition walked some 1,500 miles from the central Texas coast to the Gulf of California, then ather 1,300 miles to Mexico City. The story of Cabeza de Vaca has been told many times, beginning with his own account, Relacion de los naufragios, which was included and amplified in Gonzalo Fernando de Oviedo y Valdez's Historia general de las Indias. Yet the route taken by Cabeza de Vaca and his companions remains the subject of enduring controversy. In this book, Alex D. Krieger correlates the accounts in these two primary sources with his own extensive kwledge of the geography, archaeology, and anthropology of southern Texas and rthern Mexico to plot out stage by stage the most probable route of the 2,800-mile journey of Cabeza de Vaca. This book consists of several parts, foremost of which is the original English version of Alex Krieger's dissertation (edited by Margery Krieger), in which he traces the route of Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from the coast of Texas to Spanish settlements in western Mexico. This document is rich in information about the native groups, vegetation, geography, and material culture that the companions encountered. Thomas R. Hester's foreword and afterword set the 1955 dissertation in the context of more recent scholarship and archaeological discoveries, some of which have supported Krieger's plot of the journey. Margery Krieger's preface explains how she prepared her late husband's work for publication. Alex Krieger's original translations of the Cabeza de Vaca and Oviedo accounts round out the volume.
- Author BiographyALEX D. KRIEGER (1911-1991) was Research Scientist in Archaeology at the University of Texas at Austin for many years and later Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, Seattle.
- Author(s)Alex D. Krieger
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication15/04/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleTexas Archaeology & Ethnohistory Series
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note1 b&w illus.
- Weight636 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byMargery H. Krieger
- Foreword byThomas R. Hester
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