Cabeza de Vaca was the first European to describe North America from Florida through Arizona for eight years from 1528 on. His 1542 works are the oldest history we have of that area. He set the stage for the Conquest of Native America. This site explains his journey based on his translated narration. That translation, ANNOTATED in 5 parts here, is a large part of this presentation. DeVaca influenced two conquistadors by claiming "it was the richest land in the world." Hernando de Soto and Vasquez de Coronado soon led thousands deep into America.
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Brief descriptions of Cabeza de Vaca's activity in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico are linked to CABEZA DE VACA's ANNOTATED NARRATIONS of: Florida,  Alabama,  Mississippi,  Louisiana,  Texas,  New Mexico,  Arizona,  and Mexico.
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