Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest David Roberts

Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest

Author: David Roberts
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Book Title
Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest
Author
David Roberts
ISBN
9780393652062
In July 1776 a pair of Franciscan friars, Francisco Atanasio Dom nguez and Silvestre V lez de Escalante, were charged by the governor of New Mexico with discovering a route across the unknown Southwest to the new Spanish colony in California. They had other goals as well, some of them secret: converting the indigenous natives along the way to the true faith, discovering a semi-mythical paradise known as Teguay , hunting for sources of gold and silver, and paving the way for Spanish settlements from Santa Fe to Monterey.In strict terms, the expedition failed. Running out of food and beset by an early winter, the twelve-man team gave up in what is now western Utah. The retreat to Santa Fe became an ordeal of survival. The men were reduced to eating their own horses while they searched for a crossing of the raging Colorado River in Glen Canyon. Seven months after setting out, Dom nguez and Escalante staggered back to Santa Fe. Yet in the course of their 1,700-mile voyage, the explorers discovered more land unknown to Europeans than Lewis and Clark would encounter a quarter-century later.Other writers, using Escalante's brilliant and quirky diary as a guide, have retraced the expedition route, but David Roberts is the first to dig beneath its pages to question and ponder every turn of the team's decision-making and motivation. Roberts weaves the personal and the historical narratives into a gripping journey of discovery through the magnificent American Southwest.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: David RobertsPublisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyPublished: 07/16/2019ISBN: 9780393652062Pages: 360Weight: 1.35lbsSize: 9.20h x 6.10w x 1.30dReview Citations: Booklist 05/01/2019 pg. 61Publishers Weekly 05/20/2019Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2019Library Journal 07/01/2019 pg. 78Shelf Awareness 07/16/2019

In July 1776 a pair of Franciscan friars, Francisco Atanasio Dom nguez and Silvestre V lez de Escalante, were charged by the governor of New Mexico with discovering a route across the unknown Southwest to the new Spanish colony in California. They had other goals as well, some of them secret: converting the indigenous natives along the way to the true faith, discovering a semi-mythical paradise known as Teguay , hunting for sources of gold and silver, and paving the way for Spanish settlements from Santa Fe to Monterey.

In strict terms, the expedition failed. Running out of food and beset by an early winter, the twelve-man team gave up in what is now western Utah. The retreat to Santa Fe became an ordeal of survival. The men were reduced to eating their own horses while they searched for a crossing of the raging Colorado River in Glen Canyon. Seven months after setting out, Dom nguez and Escalante staggered back to Santa Fe. Yet in the course of their 1,700-mile voyage, the explorers discovered more land unknown to Europeans than Lewis and Clark would encounter a quarter-century later.

Other writers, using Escalante's brilliant and quirky diary as a guide, have retraced the expedition route, but David Roberts is the first to dig beneath its pages to question and ponder every turn of the team's decision-making and motivation. Roberts weaves the personal and the historical narratives into a gripping journey of discovery through the magnificent American Southwest.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: David Roberts
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 07/16/2019
ISBN: 9780393652062
Pages: 360
Weight: 1.35lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.10w x 1.30d

Review Citations: Booklist 05/01/2019 pg. 61
Publishers Weekly 05/20/2019
Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2019
Library Journal 07/01/2019 pg. 78
Shelf Awareness 07/16/2019

In July 1776 a pair of Franciscan friars, Francisco Atanasio Dom nguez and Silvestre V lez de Escalante, were charged by the governor of New Mexico with discovering a route across the unknown Southwest to the new Spanish colony in California. They had other goals as well, some of them secret: converting the indigenous natives along the way to the true faith, discovering a semi-mythical paradise known as Teguay , hunting for sources of gold and silver, and paving the way for Spanish settlements from Santa Fe to Monterey.

In strict terms, the expedition failed. Running out of food and beset by an early winter, the twelve-man team gave up in what is now western Utah. The retreat to Santa Fe became an ordeal of survival. The men were reduced to eating their own horses while they searched for a crossing of the raging Colorado River in Glen Canyon. Seven months after setting out, Dom nguez and Escalante staggered back to Santa Fe. Yet in the course of their 1,700-mile voyage, the explorers discovered more land unknown to Europeans than Lewis and Clark would encounter a quarter-century later.

Other writers, using Escalante's brilliant and quirky diary as a guide, have retraced the expedition route, but David Roberts is the first to dig beneath its pages to question and ponder every turn of the team's decision-making and motivation. Roberts weaves the personal and the historical narratives into a gripping journey of discovery through the magnificent American Southwest.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: David Roberts
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 07/16/2019
ISBN: 9780393652062
Pages: 360
Weight: 1.35lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.10w x 1.30d

Review Citations: Booklist 05/01/2019 pg. 61
Publishers Weekly 05/20/2019
Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2019
Library Journal 07/01/2019 pg. 78
Shelf Awareness 07/16/2019