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Onicles the mishaps and poor decisions *WHICH LED TO THE FAILURES AND *led to the failures and of many A number of the xpedition made it to Texas and this short chapter covers about 5 years Esteban seems to have adapted well and became somewhat of a shaman and was revered by the Indians this allowed him and the other three to make their way to northern Mexico This section My Little Blue Dress ends where the first section beganThe final section is about the seven cities of gold mythical in the sense that the Spanish blew it all out of proportion and were hoping for another Inca typempire of gold and riches to plunder The politics of Mexico City come into play and Esteban is picked to guide Friar Marcos de Niza north to find these cities and preach Christ to the Indians Friar Niza and Coronado Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars each get a chapter here The booknds with speculation about how Esteban died The author surmises that he was killed but the proof is scantyThe book was uite readable for me but I like history Esteban s story could have been told in less than a third of the pages but the background was needed to make the author s point As mentioned above I think Goodwin is a good writer I submit the following uote from his description of Seville in the 1520 s When Esteban Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life entered the city through one of the many gateways that pierced the massive ramparts he would have found himself hurled headlong into a human boiling pot This was a uickly growing city soon to become the riches and one of the most populous places onarth The good and the bad the beautiful and the ugly all Crazy Love enthusiastically cam to Seville in search of something usually money and often adventure It was like some Vulcan s forge where the ore of modern European life was smelted the threshold of the New World a social and cultural cauldron the devil s kitchen And Esteban was thrown into this rich recipe as the very humblest of ingredients a newly arrived slave While I completed the book it didn t meet myxpectations I think Goodwin let his sources dictate the pace of this book and it was a big mistake That s the only rationale that can Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society explain why the five year trek through Texas and Northern Mexico gets less space the the slave markets and court intrigues of Seville or that Coronado sxpedition to New Mexico somehow passes with half again the focus The story that intrigues American readers doesn t ven begin until pages 190Goodwin also uses the pages to settle historical scores going into way too much detail deconstructing Cabeza da Vaca s Shipwrecks account and Dorantes s own accounts sourced in a private letter or pursuing a hypothesis that Esteban hadn t died until after Coronado arrived in ZuniEsteban Dorantes was no doubt the most intrepid of the four Spaniards who survived shipwreck off Galveston Island and wove their way through today s Mexican US frontier for years He deserves credit but this book handles that task very unevenly After I made it through the forward introduction and first chapter I checked around online to see what others thought of this book Several mentioned that the title was very inaccurate and that if the book had actually been what the title was about it would have likely been a lot interesting Only having made it that far I already agree After this point in my reading of this book I put it down and picked up the similar and I saw in my ramblings on the net generally better
Rated A Land So A Land So In the first four pages I finally understood an vent that Goodwin had spent a good part of the first chapter on but had done so in a rambly confusing way Goodwin seems to be one of those postmodern historians who believes that the ssence of something is important than the historical specifics With almost no citations or references and as in the vent I mention freuently a lack of interest in telling Black Heart, Red Ruby exactly where something occurred this is not the historian nor the book for me. Night year journey from Florida to California in the arly sixteenth century three hundred years before Lewis and Clark ventured west An xtraordinary true life saga of courage trials and discovery that I was told by my Texas History teachers that the homie Cabeza De Vaca was this brave hero who survived a shipwreck became a shaman and led his lost band of brothers through hostile Indian territoryAlong the way he somehow found ways to speak to tribes of nomadic peoplesBut the argument in this fine book *was that it was actually a slave named *that it was actually a slave named Dorantes who was the leader But of course the aristocrat took credit for all of the slaves work New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood even while all werexiled in the unknown wilderness of previously unexplored AmericaSounds like a common theme ay This is an interesting perspective on Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey encounters between Native Americans and the Spanishxplorers and conuistadores from Florida westward I knew very little of this history before reading this book The author makes a well researched case that one of the Spaniards Esteban was actually born in Africa and God's Pocket ended up as a Spanish slave He convinces me that many of the contemporaneous accountsspecially the one most often cited in previous historical accounts are tall tales meant to aggrandize individual adventurers needing to impress the Spanish court The author in my opinion may be reading a little too much into the obscure sources he fo The book s subtitle is uite accurate although American South is misleading Esteban the Spanish speaking African traveled along the Gulf coast from the Florida panhandle to Texas and then spent the rest of his life in the American Southwest and Mexico He was one of a foursome who were the first non Native Americans to cross the No Robert Goodwin is an historian and a pretty good writer His book Crossing the Continent 1527 1540 is about Esteban the negro slave whose origin and death are mysteries According to Goodwin Esteban was the real leader of the four men who survived the failed ЯED expedition in Florida and walked most of their the way to Mexico Goodwin subtitles his book The Story of the First African American Explorer of the American South The book is well researched and documented It appears Mr Goodwin reads Spanish as the bulk of the original documents are written in Spanish The organization of the book is rather interesting He divides the book into five parts The first part is about thend of journey when the four men finally make contact with some Spanish slavers in upper Mexico The second part deals with Esteban and how he likely nded up coming to America Much of this part is informed conjecture on the author s part Part three is titled Writing History and covers arly accounts of the journey one written by Cabeza de Vaca one written by a contemporary historian by the name of Oviedo and the third written by a grandson of another member of the party Andres Dorantes the owner of Esteban De Vaca s account was a book that came to be known as Shipwrecks in Goodwin s view it was written to sell and is laced with sensational fictions but it was popular in its day Oviedo was a court chronicler of the Indies for Charles V and his job was to document the Spanish Empire in America He was good bureaucrat and loyal to the Crown His perspective was much different from de Vaca s and he was much objective and realistic His book was called General and Natural History of the Indies Andres Dorantes wrote a letter in 1539 his son Baltasar produced the Report and Proof of the Service and Merits of Baltasar Dorantes de Carranza in the 1570 s but it was mostly about his Dad Andres Goodwin Reads And Compares These Andres Goodwin reads and compares these and comments on their inconsistencies the cultural biases of the times and his own thinking about writing history He spends a lot of time talking about the times and the men It is an interesting sectionThe fourth section is about the failed The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs expedition to Florida 1527 1536 it talks about the crossing of the Atlantic the time thexpedition spent in Cuba and the crossing to Florida and what went on there It chr. A triumph of historical detective work Crossing the Continent is the remarkable never before told story of the first black xplorer and adventurer in America Esteban Dorantes An African slave Dorantes led
review Crossing the Continent 1527 1540 The Story of the First African American Explorer of the American SouthAdditionally he claims in his introduction to be the first historian to have written about the man he calls Esteban but my search for reviews of his book unintentionally showed that not only is that inaccurate but that other historians have called him by the name he appears to have actually been known by Estebanico And beyond that ven in the amount of pages I read Goodwin repeatedly does the xact same thing he haughtily accuses other historians of doing takes history and throws a ton of speculation onto it labelling said speculation as musts
ESTEBAN MUST HAVE BEEN ABLE TOmust have been able to from his slavers at some particular time and place and chosen not to The slavers must have been thinking this or feeling that Etc tcIf you want to write a postmodern book why not stick to writing about literature Sure history is somewhat subjective but not to the degree that writing about reading a work that doesn t A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author even claim to be based on fact would be Not a lot of this book was actually about crossing the continent Because it is based on information from thearly 1500 s a lot of it is conjecture In those days not a lot was written down What If especially nothing about the years walking from Florida to Mexico And what was written down was not often very reliable A few maps would have been a help too This deserves a proper review but tonight I just want to say I just finishd it and reallynjoyed it Glad it was prominently displayed at North Portland Library Another non ficiton re imaging of a time and character with not nearly The Exhaustion Breakthrough enough documentation on Goodwin succeeds in providing a good context for Esteban s travels across America and Mexico and Spain and Africa in theartly 1500 s What s the name of the past possible tense It can be a little tiresome yet the tale is worth it He is nicely self conscious and filling in his research The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good experiences as part of the whole Injoy that sort of thing so long as the author remains respectful of the cultures he s looking at and Goodwin uses it to tie present pagaents and practices to Esteban s timeReading Rainbow veteran s summary Did you Supplemental Book enjoy the Cartoon Cities of Gold on Nickolodeon Then you must read Robert Goodwin s Crossing the Continent Thepic tale of African slave Esteban Dorantes tells of his travails in the North American wilderness with three conuistadors lost in the disastrous 1527 Hark! The Herald Angels Scream expedition of Panfilo Narvaez Narvaez led an army of 300 men into the swamps of Florida and it was all downhill from there as they wandered through Alabama Mississippi Louisiana and Texas Searching for treasure the conuistadors found mostly death from hostile Indians disease starvation *andxposure A handful of survivors constructed rafts and set sail across the Gulf of Mexico landing at present day *exposure A handful of survivors constructed rafts and set sail across the Gulf of Mexico landing at present day Island where they lived as slaves among the Karankawa Indians By 1533 only four men were left alive and as author Goodwin tells it the slave Esteban took a leadership role affording an Colloquial Polish: The Complete Course for Beginners escape from the increasingly hostile Karankawas Thereafter they drifted west from tribe to tribe throwing themselves on Only the best authors can have their readers suspend their disbelief There is no place in Maine called Cabot Cove dragons don txist and alien spaceships aren t battling in outer spaceHistorians have a similar problem They need to convince readers that what they are describing actually happened in the past
Historians Normally Write In Heavilynormally write in heavily prose More adventurous historians writing for a non academic audience will try to write about their subjects in story form Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn tSadly I wasn t able to unsuspend my disbelief in the story The book reads like a poorly written novel I think my main problem was the use of the historic narrator voice There is shifting between first second and third person voices from past to future that made my head spin Ugh. He Philadelphia Inuirer calls “an adventure story thrilling than Defoe or Melville could have imagined” Crossing the Continent breaks new ground as it challenges the traditional view of American history.