This edition of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca s "Relacion" offers readers Rolena Adorno and Patrick Charles Pautz's celebrated translation of Cabeza de Vaca s account of the 1527 Panfilo de Narvaez expedition to North America. The dramatic narrative tells the story of some of the first Europeans and the first-known African to encounter the North American wilderness and its Native inhabitants. It is a fascinating tale of survival against the highest odds, and it highlights Native Americans and their interactions with the newcomers in a manner seldom seen in writings of the period.In this English-language edition, reproduced from their award-winning three-volume set, Adorno and Pautz supplement the engrossing account with a general introduction that orients the reader to Cabeza de Vaca s world. They also provide explanatory notes, which resolve many of the narrative s most perplexing questions. This highly readable translation fires the imagination and illuminates the enduring appeal of Cabeza de Vaca s experience for a modern audience."
The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca
University of Nebraska Press