Imagine wandering the vast lands of the southern United States for eight years before being rescued. On Thursday, August 4, at 11 a.m. at the Coronado Public Library, Maria Butler, MA Lecturer Emerita San Diego State University, will share the journey of the failed exploration led by Panfilo de Narvaez in 1527.

Little is known about the failed Panfilo de Narvaez expedition. This is the story of European survivors Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and a slave, Esteban, nee Mustafa al-Zamori, from Azemmour, Morocco.  This presentation is based on La Relacion, which chronicles a story of survival, by Cabeza de Vaca. Here he relates their arduous journey of eight years traversing territories from Florida to Texas and how they endured as slaves and healers among various native groups. Ultimately, in 1536 they were rescued by Spanish soldiers. This story concludes with Esteban’s journey north with Fray Marcos de Niza expedition in 1539 to find the Seven Cities of Cibola and his final encounter with the Zuni.

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VOL. 112, NO. 30 - July 27, 2022

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