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Summary

In 1528, a mission set out from Spain to colonize Florida. But the expedition went horribly wrong: Delayed by a hurricane, knocked off course by a colossal error of navigation, and ultimately doomed by a disastrous decision to separate the men from their ships, the mission quickly became a desperate journey of survival.

Of the 300 men who had embarked on the journey, only four survived - three Spaniards and an African slave. This tiny band endured a horrific march through Florida, a harrowing raft passage across the Louisiana coast, and years of enslavement in the American Southwest. They journeyed for almost 10 years in search of the Pacific Ocean that would guide them home, and they were forever changed by their experience. The men lived with a variety of nomadic Indians and learned several indigenous languages. They saw lands, peoples, plants, and animals that no outsider had ever seen before.

In this enthralling tale of four castaways wandering in an unknown land, Andres Resndez brings to life the vast, dynamic world of North America just a few years before European settlers would transform it forever.

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©2007 Andres Resendez (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Told from an intriguing and original perspective, Reséndez's narrative is a marvelous addition to the corpus of survival and adventure literature." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A must-read for anyone interested in the early history of European exploration in North America—or in real-life adventure, compellingly told." ( Bookmarks)

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Fascinating and well narrated

I enjoyed the story which was completely unknown to me beforehand. It provided a fascinating insight into the New World prior to colonisation along with the story of a doomed expedition.

Narration, I thought, was excellent and conveyed the tone of the written work well and was engaging throughout.

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Should be a movie!!

The most fascinating story i have ever heard, so gripping and exciting at every turn. The narration is great too. The only thing i think could have been improved is some passion and energy into the writing which is somewhat lacklustre by the author and not be so literal and logical; put some emotion to it, its a thriliing story!

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Very interesting and insightful!

Thoroughly enjoyed this history lesson, I’d never heard of this amazing journey before, highly recommend!

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Incredible story well told

A really fascinating tale of survival and eye opening history of early interactions between native americans and european explorers. Very good narration. Highly recommended.

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amazing story

one of the most amazing stories I've heard. it kept me interested and engaged throughout. 5/5 stars.