HIS lab 2 - Juan Pesantez Lab 2 North American Captivity...

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Juan Pesantez 03/01/2010 Lab 2 / North American Captivity Narratives 1. How does the information you have assembled on each of these captives affect your judgment of them as sources? Which narrator- Cabeza de Vaca, Jogues, or Rowlandson- do you consider most truthful or reliable? Why? I believe that all these sources are very detailed, and convincing to readers. However, the story which I thought is the most reliable is by the Spanish narrator, Cabeza de Vaca, because he differs from the other narrators in the fact that he includes information about how Indians were respectful to him in certain occasions. In his history, Cabeza de Vaca does not only relate the bad experience he had with the Indians, he also tells how Indians were thankful to him due to his praying for sick Indians. “In some instances, he was beaten and starved, while in others he was treated with respect and generosity.” Because Cabeza de Vaca was so faithful to God, he was able to use God’s power on sick people to get them well, thus, Indians became thankful with him, and in return they gave him all kinds of things that were extremely important for his survival during his long eight years of captivity. Indians gave him in return bow and arrows, skins, trifles, basket of prickly pears. I believe this was the most reliable source because according to the type of treatment Indians gave to their captives, it would not be possible for a captive to have endured such a unbearable treatment for eight years, unless the captive received some kind of good treatment in return for doing something positive for his or her captors. If Cabeza de Vaca was not a useful person, his captors would have just killed him or would have given him deadly life conditions for a sure dead.
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2. What roles did each of these captives play in the Indian communities they encountered? Why do you think those roles differed from one time or place to another? How do you
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2010 for the course HIST 73407 taught by Professor Georgegastil during the Spring '10 term at Palomar.

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