John Saunders's Reviews > A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca: The Extraordinary Tale of a Shipwrecked Spaniard Who Walked Across America in the Sixteenth Century

A Land So Strange by Andres Resendez
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Mar 15, 08

bookshelves: history-of-the-americas
Read in December, 2007

Resendez brings to life the adventures of Cabeza de
Vaca, Estebanico and the other two survivors of
sixteenth century shipwreck. It is exciting to
learn about this neglected episode in the history
of the Americas. Estebanico and Cabeza de Vaca
both wanted peace and harmony with the native
population. Spaniards from the powerful elite in
Spain and Mexico wanted natives to be slaves. Too
bad that the point of view expressed by Cabeza
de Vaca didn't get a fair hearing. Our history
could have been different. Book is very well
written. Resendez makes sixteenth century
life come alive! I admire Resendez for what he has
done and will always be grateful to him.
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