Study Questions for Chronicle of the Narvez Expedition

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Study Questions for Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition 1. Who was Cabeza de Vaca? a. Spanish explorer/soldier in the early 1500s. b. First European explorer to explore what is now Texas and New Mexico c. Middle man, in ranking, on the Narvaez expedition—treasurer d. Tries to promote himself with his writings once returning to Spain 2. What was his life story? a. Family history—ancestors marked a shortcut north of Seville with a cow’s head during the re-conquest of 1212 and earned the royal name of Cowhead! b. Born as the grandson of Pedro de Vera, conqueror of the Canary Islands (1400s) c. He fought on the side of Catholic royalty in Bologna and Ravenna in 1512. d. Serves as treasurer on the Narvaez expedition. e. Sees N. American territory not seen by any other European when he travels to Mexico on the expedition. f. He was arrested on charges of corruption and spent a year in jail. 3. What were the goals of the Spanish? a. Primary goals: Convert the Indians and find gold and riches b. Secondary goals: To install Narvaez as the governor of Spanish Florida and settle at least two towns along what is now the Gulf Coast. 4. How did they act when they were still a large expedition? a. Much more as conquerors, in charge, superior b. Kept the hierarchy of the expedition c. Sent groups out to explore d. They robbed the Indians—that was a main goal of the expedition 5. How did they relate to the Indians while still in a large group? a. Wanted to kill them and acted hostile b. Lots of room for misunderstanding with the use of signs 6. What types of encounters did they have with the Indians when they were still in a large group?
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