Crossing the Continent, 1527-1540

Crossing the Continent, 1527-1540

The Story of the First African-American Explorer of the American South

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Baker & Taylor
Documents the sixteenth-century crossing of North America by a trio of Spanish noblemen and a pioneering former African slave who endured such challenges as a shipwreck, famine, disease, and Native American attacks. 35,000 first printing.

HARPERCOLL
A triumph of historical detective work, Crossing the Continent is the remarkable, never-before-told story of the first black explorer and adventurer in America, Esteban Dorantes. An African slave, Dorantes led an eight-year journey from Florida to California in the early sixteenth century—three hundred years before Lewis and Clark ventured west. An extraordinary true-life saga of courage, trials, and discovery that the Philadelphia Inquirer calls, “an adventure story more thrilling than Defoe or Melville could have imagined,” Crossing the Continent breaks new ground as it challenges the traditional view of American history.

Book News
A Spanish army of 300 landed in Florida at Easter in 1828 in search of legendary golden cities. Eight years later, four survivors arrived in Mexico with a tale to tell. Goodwin (U. College London) follows the story of the African-born slave Estaban, who became central to the survival of his companions, and was appointed by the viceroy in Mexico as the de facto military commander of the first Spanish expedition into what is now Arizona and New Mexico, still searching for those cities of gold. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Documents the sixteenth-century crossing of North America by a trio of Spanish noblemen and a pioneering former African slave who endured such challenges as a shipwreck, famine, disease, and Native American attacks.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061140440
0061140449
Branch Call Number: 970.016 GOO
Characteristics: xviii, 414 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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Dec 13, 2009

Interesting book. It opens up a whole new perspective on the discovery of America and provides details of the Spanish in America that I was totally unfamiliar with. The level of mistreatment of the natives was beyond what I thought had occurred. I suppose it is primarily a result of my lack of exposure to this period of history in America. A book worth reading.

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