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Unformatted text preview: his account. It shows that de Vaca sees his tremendous misfortune simply as a punishment for his sins and readily accepts them and remains accountable to God while almost never doubting his purpose and faith, even when enslaved by seemingly giant natives. Even though this text has been both hailed and criticized by historians in regards to its historical and geographical accuracy, it undoubtedly shows how big a part faith plays in the psyche of a lost and would-be hopeless explorer of the uncharted Americas. Throughout the account de Vaca repeatedly emphasizes that the sole purpose of his suffering is to serve the King, and his source of strength is God alone. Even if this work is somewhat erroneous in its botanical information, it is nevertheless an amazing example of a mans undaunted will to survive and fulfill his service to mankind and God....
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This note was uploaded on 07/15/2010 for the course LIT 312 taught by Professor Staples during the Spring '10 term at Randolph-Macon.
- Spring '10
- American Literature