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Cabeza de Vacas Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America Cabeza de Vacas story is one of the earliest accounts of exploration of the Americas when it was still untouched by European traditions and values when they were still in their raw and natural state Cabeza de Vaca and the men landed in Florida on April 14th 1528 Upon their arrival Governor Pmfilo de Narvez who was in charge of the expedition raised flags on Floridas coast and claimed the country in the Majestys name This is where Cabeza de Vacas story begins From here he describes what all of the men experienced and witnessed while traveling throughout the unknown interior of the land These men being explorers were in search of something Did they merely wish to explore this new land and discover its vast and unknown mysteries or did they simply want to exploit its inhabitants and greedily gather up as many riches as one could find Right at the very beginning of the book Cabeza describes the capturing of four Indians and how they were used as guides Narvez and his men learned of the Indian village Appalachen and used the captured Indians to guide them to this village Upon sight of the village the Governor Narvez ordered Cabeza accompanied by nine cavalry and fifty infantry to invade the village This is the first example on how they were not merely exploring for the sake of acquiring knowledge but rather to conquer and control Cabeza goes on to describe their experiences while traveling through the land Many times they were attacked by Indians and the further they explored the more lost they got until they were at the point where they could not locate their ships Realizing they should make the best of the situation the Spaniards began to peacefully deal with the Indians instead of invading villages With this new approach towards the Indians it worked in their advantage They
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