Dan Pepper's Reviews > A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca

A Land So Strange by Andrés Reséndez
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Dan Pepper The story of Cabeza de Vaca is one of the most amazing things in the annals of all amazing things. He was part of a Spanish expedition to conquer Florida that was both a little incompetent and really unlucky and ended up sailing across the Gulf on a raft. From there, he (and his companions) took a years long meandering journey to various places and peoples becoming famous healers to the Indians. Eventually encountering the Spanish in what's now western Mexico. De Vaca wrote two accounts of the journey later, while his companions wrote none.

The book was a little disappointing to me, in that there was a bit too much of a focus on the journey. What De Vaca saw of Native America before the huge epidemics that made it so I'm sitting here typing this in English rather someone else reviewing a book in Algonkin, would seem like it'd be fascinating but there was less of that than I'd like in the book. However, I try not to criticize books too harshly for not being different books.

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