This historical text explores the life of de Vaca, whose more humane and Christian methods of leadership of the Indians of America, opposed the self interest of the Spaniards. It shows how De Vaca was overthrown, sent to a prison in Spain and who paid a high price for his Christian conscience.
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 18 mm
"A fresh and immensely satisfying new look at a man who paid the steep price of career and honor in defense of his Christian conscience, honed by a long and intimate contact with American Indians. This book highlights once again the contradictory motives that drove the Spanish conquest of the Americas in the 16th century by focusing on one man, Cabeza de Vaca. In his being and in his actions we see and can appreciate the magnitude, the magnificence, and the depravity of an era, borne along by sometimes wildly contradictory obsessions, from the most sacred to the most profane." Lawrence A. Clayton, The University of Alabama"
"A broad-ranging look at an exceptional conqueror. Howard covers both the North and South American phases of his remarkable life." John F. Schwaller, Director, Academy of American Franciscan History"