A Land So Strange

The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca

by Andrés Reséndez

The extraordinary tale of a shipwrecked Spaniard who walked across America in the sixteenth century

In 1527, a mission set out from Spain to colonize Florida. But the expedition went horribly wrong: delayed by a hurricane and knocked off course by a colossal error of navigation, the mission quickly became a desperate journey of survival.

Of the three hundred men who had embarked, only four survived--three Spaniards and an African slave. This tiny band endured a horrific march through Florida, a harrowing raft passage across the Louisiana coast, and years of enslavement in the American Southwest. They journeyed for almost ten years in search of the Pacific Ocean that would guide them home, seeing lands, peoples, plants, and animals that no outsider had before.

In this enthralling tale of four castaways wandering in an unknown land, Andrés Reséndez brings to life the vast, dynamic world of North America just a few years before European settlers would transform it forever.

  • Basic Books; November 2007
  • ISBN: 9780465010349
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  • Title: A Land So Strange
  • Author: Andrés Reséndez
  • Imprint: Basic Books

In The Press

"Once you start this book, it's nearly impossible to put it down."—Carolyn See, Washington Post Book World


About The Author

Andrés Reséndez is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. His book The Other Slavery won the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in Davis, California, with his family.