Lvar nez cabeza de vaca was born around 1490 into a hidalgo family the son of francisco nez de vera and teresa cabeza de vaca y de zurita in the town of jerez de la frontera cdiz spain despite the familys status as minor nobility they possessed modest economic resources. The narrative of cabeza de vaca relation that alvar nuez cabea de vaca gave of what befell the armament in the indies whither pnfilo de narvez went for governor from the year 1527 to the year 1536 1537 when with three comrades he returned and came to sevilla. The narrative of alvar nez cabeza de vaca is the first european book devoted completely to north america though his descriptions were modest his account fed rumors of a vastly wealthy civilization north of mexico inspiring a number of later explorers seeking riches. Cabeza de vaca was born in 1490 in the spanish town of jerez de la frontera near the port at san lcar de barrameda from where magellan sailed in 1519 to become the first man to circumnavigate . This edition of lvar n ez cabeza de vacas relacin offers readers rolena adorno and patrick charles pautzs celebrated translation of cabeza de vacas account of the 1527 p 3 4 nfilo de narv 3 4 ez expedition to north america the dramatic narrative tells the story of some of the first europeans and the first known african to encounter the north american wilderness and its native inhabitants
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