Brutal Journey: The Epic Story of the First Crossing of North America

Paul Schneider


A gripping account of 4 explorers adrift in an unknown land and the harrowing trip that took them throughout North the United States 270 years ahead of Lewis and Clark

One half Heart of Darkness, one half Lewis and Clark, Brutal Journey tells the tale of a gaggle of explorers who got here to the hot international at the heels of Cortés; sure for glory, in simple terms 4 of 4 hundred could live on. 8 years and a few 5 thousand miles later, 3 Spaniards and a black Moroccan wandered out of the wasteland to the north of the Rio Grande and into Cortes’ gold-drenched Mexico.

The 4 survivors of the Narváez expedition brought not anything again from their sojourn except their tale, yet what a story it was once. they'd develop into killers and cannibals, torturers and torture sufferers, slavers and enslaved. They turned religion healers, palms buyers, canoe thieves, spider eaters, and eventually, while there have been simply the 4 of them left within the excessive Texas wasteland, they turned itinerate messiahs. They turned, in different phrases, no matter what it took to stick alive lengthy adequate to inch their approach towards Mexico, the one position the place they have been definite they'd locate an outpost of the Spanish empire.

The trip of the Cabeza De Vaca day trip is without doubt one of the maximum survival epics within the historical past of yank exploration. by means of drawing at the money owed of the 1st explorers and the latest findings of archaeologists and educational historians, Paul Schneider deals an exciting and real narrative to switch a legend of North American exploration.

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