The Account: Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca's Relación

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Introduction
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The most important biography of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca is Morris Bishop, The Odyssey of Cabeza de Vaca. Other biographies of, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca are, in chronological order: Andrés Bellogín García, Vida y hazañas de Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; John Upton Terrell, Journey into Darkness; and Roberto Ferrando, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca.
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Present-day São Luis de Cáceres, Brazil.
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Spanish coin whose value fluctuated throughout history.
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Naufragios is another title frequently given to Cabeza de Vaca Relación or Account.
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An earlier account of the journey was prepared by Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and two other survivors, Andrés Dorantes and Alonso del Castillo, and presented to the Audiencia of Santo Domingo in 1537. This report, however, has never been found. What purports to be from this narration appears in Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo , Historia general y natural de las Indias. Although it is full of Oviedo's commentaries and interpolations, which interfere with the original narrative of Cabeza de Vaca, it is useful because it complements The Account. The Joint Report, as it is commonly called, was translated into English by Basil C. Hedrick and Carroll L. Riley.
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Buckingham Smith, trans., Relation of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. This translation is based on the 1555 edition of La relación. A reissue of this translation, edited by John Gilmary Shea, appeared in 1871. A number of reprints have appeared through the years, the most notable in Frederick W. Hodge Spanish Explorers in the Southern United States, 1528-1543.
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Fanny Bandelier, trans., The Journey of Alvar Nuúóez Cabeza de Vaca. Bandelier's translation is based on the 1542 edition of La relación and has been reprinted several times. The latest reprint, issued by The Imprint Society and with an Introduction by John Francis Bannon, appeared in 1972.
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Cyclone Covey, trans., Cabeza de Vaca's Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America. This translation rearranges a few of Cabeza de Vaca's passages and includes Covey's comments and interpolations in brackets. A reprint with an epilogue by William T. Pilkington was issued in 1984.
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See Bibliography.

Title Page
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The first journey narrated, the Relación or Account, is Cabeza de Vaca's North American adventure, while the Commentaries refers to his expedition to South America in 1540. The present translation is of the Account of his North American journey only.

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