Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Naufragios [The Account (Shipwrecks)]

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Reprinted in collections of children’s books, taken as a factual report, interpreted as a guide book or even as a treasure map to reveal the hidden wealth of North America, the founding text of a vast number of accounts which sugar-coated (if not concealed) the harsh realities of the Southwest, the first Chicano text –


is all that, and much more. Almost five centuries after its publication, it continues to fascinate readers, generate scholarly discussion, be the object of academic debate, and find both passionate detractors and defenders for its author, Spanish conquistador Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca. The fascination that this complex, multi-layered text generates has never ceased to this day. New academic analyses on Cabeza de Vaca translate into new articles and books…

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Citation: Gomez-Galisteo, M. Carmen. "Naufragios". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 July 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35645, accessed 23 June 2024.]

35645 Naufragios 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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