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By Andrés Reséndez

In 1528, a challenge set out from Spain to colonize Florida. however the day trip went horribly flawed: not on time via a typhoon, knocked off beam via a massive errors of navigation, and eventually doomed via a disastrous selection to split the boys from their ships, the undertaking speedy turned a determined trip of survival. Of the 400 males who had launched into the voyage, merely 4 survived - 3 Spaniards and an African slave. This tiny band persevered a terrible march via Florida, a harrowing raft passage around the Louisiana coast, and years of enslavement within the American Southwest. They journeyed for nearly ten years looking for the Pacific Ocean that might advisor them domestic, they usually have been without end replaced by means of their event. the lads lived with numerous nomadic Indians and discovered numerous indigenous languages. They observed lands, peoples, crops, and animals that no outsider had ever prior to obvious. during this spell binding story of 4 castaways wandering in an unknown land, Andrés Reséndez brings to existence the massive, dynamic international of North the USA quite a few years sooner than ecu settlers might rework it endlessly.

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Qxd 9/11/07 10:01 AM Page 34 A LAND SO STRANGE kept it together in the face of overwhelming danger by rewarding his men with booty and promising further riches. Now he employed the same tactics with Narváez’s men. As Cortés approached Narváez’s camp, he sent negotiators, spies, and plenty of gold. A sagacious priest, Friar Bartolomé de Olmedo, and his namesake, Bartolomé de Usagre, were Cortés’s two most crucial advance men. Accompanied by a mare loaded with gold, the two envoys approached Narváez’s camp and sought to win over key members of his expedition.

Yet back in Mexico it appeared as though Narváez’s decisiveness and sheer manpower would prevail. Four defectors from Cortés’s army walked into Narváez’s camp one day, offering crucial information. Over food and wine they told how Cortés and his band had boldly made their way to Mexico-Tenochtitlán, where they had lived for months as “guests” of the Aztecs and their lord, Moctezuma. That was an incredible feat, but one that also put them in extreme peril. Mexico-Tenochtitlán was nothing short of a deathtrap.

He ran the council from the comfort of his home and as he saw fit. As it turned out, this influential figure was notoriously—even scandalously—partial toward Diego Velázquez. It was rumored that the bishop wanted to marry one of his spinster nieces, Mayor de Fonseca, to Velázquez, a widower whose previous marriage had lasted barely a week. It was also said that Velázquez, in return, had granted a substantial stake of Indian servants from Cuba to the bishop. 13 Narváez’s lobbying campaign could have succeeded, if not for two extraordinary and unforeseen complications.

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