By Andrés Reséndez

In 1528, a venture set out from Spain to colonize Florida. however the day trip went horribly improper: not on time by means of a typhoon, knocked off track by means of a gigantic blunders of navigation, and finally doomed by way of a disastrous determination to split the lads from their ships, the undertaking speedy turned a determined trip of survival. Of the 400 males who had launched into the voyage, simply 4 survived - 3 Spaniards and an African slave. This tiny band persisted a awful 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 will consultant them domestic, they usually have been ceaselessly replaced via their adventure. the boys lived with numerous nomadic Indians and discovered numerous indigenous languages. They observed lands, peoples, vegetation, and animals that no outsider had ever prior to visible. during this captivating story of 4 castaways wandering in an unknown land, Andrés Reséndez brings to lifestyles the significant, dynamic international of North the US quite a few years ahead of ecu settlers may rework it without end.

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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.

With the balance of his forces—fewer than 350 men—Cortés retraced his steps to Cempoallan to face a far superior force. But Cortés had a tool than Narváez lacked: gold. 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.

11 In addition to money, a petitioner like Narváez needed a thick skin. Individuals wishing to join the court were subjected to constant scrutiny and mockery. They could be ridiculed for dressing too extravagantly or too plainly, for being too eager to get on with their business or too timid and roundabout in approach, or for lacking proper manners or affecting manners above their station. The hapless courtier could only smile at such humiliation and turn the other cheek. One angry word was enough to jeopardize his painstaking lobbying effort.

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