A Land So Strange (2007) Christopher Columbus may have garnered all the acclaim, but Cabeza de Vaca boasts one of the most dramatic (and seldom told) stories of New World… 2007-10-15 History Nonfiction Basic
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A Land So Strange (2007)

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Details Release Date: Oct 15, 2007; Writer: Andres Resendez; Genres: History, Nonfiction; Publisher: Basic

Christopher Columbus may have garnered all the acclaim, but Cabeza de Vaca boasts one of the most dramatic (and seldom told) stories of New World exploration in the 1500s. The Spaniard was one of hundreds of Florida-bound settlers thrown off course by an incompetent pilot. Most died in the rough terrain along Texas' coastline, but de Vaca and three others embarked on a decade-long trek across North America, enduring starvation and even enslavement by several native tribes. Except for a few dry pages about 16th-century Christianity, Andrés Reséndez's story, A Land So Strange is so riveting you'll wonder why so many history books ignore it. A-

Originally posted Nov 09, 2007 Published in issue #964 Nov 16, 2007 Order article reprints