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Crossing the Continent 1527 1540 The Story of the First African American Explorer of the American SouthThis deserves a proper review but "tonight I just want to say I just finishd it and really njoyed it Glad it "I just want to say I just finishd it and really Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between enjoyed it Glad it prominently displayed at North Portland Library Another non ficiton re imaging of a time and character with not nearlynough documentation on Goodwin succeeds in providing a good context for Esteban s travels across America and Mexico and Spain and Africa in the The Day Christ Was Born eartly 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 researchxperiences as part of the whole I 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set enjoy 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 younjoy the Cartoon Cities of Gold on Nickolodeon Then you must read Robert Goodwin s Crossing the Continent While I completed the book it didn t meet my The Seventh Witch expectations I think Goodwin let his sources dictate the pace of this book and it was a big mistake That s the only rationale that canxplain 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 s And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake expedition to New Mexico somehow passes with half again the focus The story that intrigues American readers doesn tven 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 This is an interesting perspective on Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America 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 The Pocket Wife 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 to aggrandize individual adventurers needing to impress the court The author in my opinion may be reading a little too much into the obscure sources he found but he still paints a picture of a black man who was able to lead Spaniards to safety from Florida across the southern border of what is now the United States and to the administrative capital in Mexico City Esteban also had a great facility to find Indian allies along the way A great deal of the book details the author s The Color of Our Sky extensive research in old Spanish archives and Indian oral traditions I found the tale of his research to be fascinating too and the ambiguity of his ultimate conclusionsntirely realistic The pic tale of African slave Esteban Dorantes tells of his travails in the North American wilderness with three conuistadors lost in the disastrous 1527 xpedition 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 and Obsession exposure A handful of survivors constructed rafts and set sail across the Gu. A triumph of historical detective work Crossing the Continent is the remarkable never before told story of the first blackxplorer and adventurer in America Esteban Dorantes An African slave Dorantes led

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S 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 to scape from his slavers at some particular time and place and chosen not to The slavers must have been thinking this or feeling that Etc ETCIF YOU WANT TO WRITE A you want to write a 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 "about reading a work that t ven claim to be based on fact would be 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 North American continent Goodwin convincingly argues that he was the leader of the group and the one responsible for their survival Lewis and Clark s journey was a cakewalk compared to hisThe story starts abou Only the best authors can have their readers suspend their disbelief There is no place in Maine called Cabot Cove dragons don t All Roads Lead Home exist 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 heavily footnoted 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 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 specially 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 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 xpedition 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 doc 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 Esteban Dorantes who was the leader But of course the aristocrat took credit for all of the slaves work ven while all were xiled in the unknown wilderness of previously unexplored AmericaSounds like a common theme ay. 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. ,
Lf of Mexico landing at present day Galveston 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 The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis escape from the increasingly hostile Karankawas Thereafter they drifted west from tribe to tribe throwing themselves on the mercy of Indians who were often on the brink of starvation themselves Goodwin tells of tribes forced to rely on the most dismal of diets including prickly pears and mesuite pods living in abject poverty On one occasion theyncountered a tribe where the men wore no clothes and the women barely covered themselves with deerskins Traveling up the Rio Grande through northeast Mexico they foursome ventually met up with Indian communities which were well stablished and prosperous with fields of corn suash beans and a relative abundance of food Eventually they managed a few miraculous cures and were hailed as shamans Esteban took to wearing shamanic feathers bells and beads carrying a large calabash rattle that bespoke his status as a witch doctor By the time they ventually ran into a party of Spanish slavers the foursome were at the head of an army of hundreds of worshipping Indians who followed them from village to village heralding their approach Esteban and his companions had spent ight years wandering across what is now the southern United States Once reunited with the "Spanish in Mexico he faced the grim situation of renewed nslavement However his knowledge of the Indians to the north "in Mexico he faced the grim situation of renewed nslavement However his knowledge of the Indians to the north to an assignment to track down the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola under Coronado In 1539 Esteban made contact with the Zuni Indians and what was perhaps considered to be the city of Cibola actually a humble pueblo and was ither killed or fled his Spanish captors for a life among the Indians with four wives depending It s a riveting story and Goodwin s writing is rich with imagery At times the narrative gets bogged down as he compares three different 16th century accounts of the journey and the reading gets to be a bit of a chore but you can t fault him for trying to get it right What I njoyed most about this book was the descriptions of life among the Indians by the first Europeans and an African who d ver made contact Through sources that are 350 years old Goodwin gives us an unvarnished vision of Indian life hundreds of years before they were overwhelmed by white settlers 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 Strange 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 Essence Of Something Is Important Than "believes that the ssence of something is important than historical specifics With almost no citations or references and as in the vent I mention freuently a lack of interest in telling xactly where something occurred this is not the historian nor the book for me Additionally 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 hi. N ight 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

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