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  • The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca
  • By: Andres Resendez
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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A Land So Strange

By: Andres Resendez
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
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In 1528, a mission set out from Spain to colonize Florida. But the expedition went horribly wrong: Delayed by a hurricane, knocked off course by a colossal error of navigation, and ultimately doomed by a disastrous decision to separate the men from their ships, the mission quickly became a desperate journey of survival.

Of the 300 men who had embarked on the journey, only four survived - three Spaniards and an African slave. This tiny band endured a horrific march through Florida, a harrowing raft passage across the Louisiana coast, and years of enslavement in the American Southwest. They journeyed for almost 10 years in search of the Pacific Ocean that would guide them home, and they were forever changed by their experience. The men lived with a variety of nomadic Indians and learned several indigenous languages. They saw lands, peoples, plants, and animals that no outsider had ever seen before.

In this enthralling tale of four castaways wandering in an unknown land, Andres Resndez brings to life the vast, dynamic world of North America just a few years before European settlers would transform it forever.

©2007 Andres Resendez (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Told from an intriguing and original perspective, Reséndez's narrative is a marvelous addition to the corpus of survival and adventure literature." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A must-read for anyone interested in the early history of European exploration in North America—or in real-life adventure, compellingly told." ( Bookmarks)

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Soo good I enjoy listening multiple times

Such an interesting story of survival and brutality. I highly recommend this book. Very interesting history and insight into the early history of the region.

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For the history buff

Amazing tale of survival which the author excellently prefaced the time period and events leading into the main story. Loved it!

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absolutely mindblowing

to think people could live at these extremes back in those times incredible. just a totally different time where things that are today unspeakable was common practice. if the America's where never civilised by Europeans I wonder what the civilisation would be today. great story

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An insight into a world I'd never learnt about

I didn't have any expectations but was pleasantly surprised at not only the historical information but also the remarkable story of survival and grit

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