Cabeza de vaca survived because of his respect for the native americans, his success as a healer, and his wilderness skills. The main idea was how did cabeza de vaca survive. I think this DBQ was helpful and informative and now i know what cabeza de vaca did to survive and how he did it. I felt like I was put into cabeza de vaca’s shoes for a long
Horses are quite an overwhelming animal, with great strength and, if trained, can ‘pack a punch’ when fighting the natives. With this ability to flank they were able to catch the leader of the Aztecs- Montezuma, “ Cortes actually told Montezuma that he had discovered the treasure, and Montezuma asked only that the spaniards not disturb or take any gorgeous and revered featherwork, which rightfully belonged not to him but to his gods. The gold he said, they could keep” (Conquistadors, Buddy levy, 2008).But there was no greater advantage that the Spanish had over the Native Americans than immunity to diseases (most important, as diseases moved faster that armies could spread). Even though the conquistadors had all of these advantages, they were still were only just beating the Aztecs towards the end of the conquest, so they sought the help of others. This included the neighbouring tribes of the Aztecs like the Toltecs, the Mixtecs, Zapotecs, as well as others that joined with approximately one thousand
So how did Cabeza De Vaca survive? He survived because had had survival skills, healing skills, and he respected others good or bad. The main idea is that Cabeza survived because, he ate what he could find and didn't complain he used any shelter he could find. He gained trust of others cause he helped and healed, and because he respected everyone. That's all he did to survive mountains, deserts, river, and many more physical features. My opinion is that he is a brave warrior who let nothing get in his
Moreover, in 1537, another Spanish explorer known as Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, wrote a book titled La Relación, where he explained the obstacles him and his crew had to face during the Narvaez expedition in 1527 to the Spanish King, Charles I. In connection to all the men who sailed “from Cuba to Tampa Bay in present-day Florida” only “Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and three other men survived the expedition, but only after enduring a nine-year, six-hundred-mile trek across Texas and Mexico and enslavement by Indians…….” In my opinion, this letter gives the reader a much clearer understanding of the things that Cabeza de Vaca saw during his journey because he writes his letters using words like “my”, “I”, and “me” which makes it clear to us
Conquistador, written by Buddy Levy about the famous ventures of Hernan Cortes, places the reader in the 16th century, or the era c.1450-c. 1750 ce. During this time, the idea of exploration was spreading quickly, as kingdoms and empires in Europe sought to expand their territory. Portugal, with Spain following after, led the way for exploration as they headed south. Spain, however, ventured west, driven by a patriotic attitude of expanding past their borders. Levy tells the story of Hernan Cortes, originally setting sail from Spain, as he sailed from Cuba to the shores of Mexico in 1519, eager about the discovery of new lands. Cortes, as well as many other explorers during this time, was inspired by the Three G’s: God, gold, and glory. He planned to conquer the new lands for Spain, to convert the natives to Catholicism, and to obtain the riches of the land, mostly gold.
During the dangerous battle of Tenochtitlan, there at the siege, there were a few men who had fell into the canals when they were retreating from the Mexica that were trying to push them out of the city.3 When these men fell into the canal and started to drown, Captain Cortés rushed over to help pull the men out himself with his bare hands.3 There are no other outstanding examples of Cortés’s good actions towards his men. During most accounts, Nahua and Spanish, Cortés seemed to be quite fair towards his men. His kind actions towards the Nahua people are what stand out in these primary sources. In most of the primary sources, Cortés is seen as very patient. In the accounts of Días, when faced with the threat of battle by the Tabasco natives, Cortés used his interpreter Aguilar to tell the leaders of the nation to stand down, that the Spanish wanted to treat them like brothers and did not wish to start a war.4 He and his interpreter talked to these agitated men for a while before he decided to fight the next day, but not before he tried another appeal.4 Another quality that Cortés showed to the Nahua was a sense of generosity. While his conquest campaign was filled with theft and death, Cortés
Among the explorers of North America that sought out and plundered the natives’ riches, Hernando De Soto is noted for combing over the southeast. During this journey De Soto is noted for meeting and sending Chief Tuscaloosa to his untimely death. Not only did Hernando De Soto and his crew kill Chief Tuscaloosa but they were known for conquering other natives in lust over their riches, such as gold and silver, not to mention their territory. The natives stood no chance against Hernando De Soto and his men, not only were the natives at a disadvantage technologically but the had been already injured socially and economically. Not only did Hernando bring destruction and death by way of conquest but he also brought germs, viruses and other illnesses
In this paper, the epic journey and expedition of Cabeza de Vaca would be discussed that why is his tale significant to understand the Spanish invasion of the Americas, what communication difficulties did he faced and what were the main aspects of his journey and our learning’s about native societies.
of schedule Spanish conquistadors, numerous evangelists considered themselves to be siding empathetically and defensively with the indigenous people groups. In 1537, Pope Paul III pronounced that Indians were not mammoths to be slaughtered or oppressed, but rather people with souls fit for salvation. At the time, this was comprehended to be an edified perspective of indigenous individuals, and one that good natured teachers tried to empower.
In the first place, Cabeza knew about the Indian tribes near his location, he knew about their culture and language. Over time he was able to learn more about the Indians, and showed great respect towards them. Cabezas respect to the Indians earned him their trust they also became allies because of it. “Cabeza learned four Indian languages, including Charrucos, plus sign language” (Document B). The document states that he can speak some of the many Indian languages. The document also proves that he has respect for the Indians and he took the time to learn about them.
Hook. After just two months after the Narvaez expedition, the treasurer of the Narvaez expedition, Cabeza de Vaca, landed on Galveston Island along with 250 other castaways. Their dreams of colonization and riches had morphed into a quest for survival. However, the real question is: How did Cabeza de Vaca survive? Cabeza de Vaca survived because of his wilderness skills, his success as a healer and his respect for the Native Americans.
Cabeza de Vaca always took what was best for his men into consideration before he made a decision. He always thought about his choices and he is a good leader for that reason. Although, he made some bad decisions like sending one of his men to scout out the island alone his intentions were good. In the end this decision led to the colonist meeting the Native Americans, who help the colonist survive. Cabeza de Vaca’s good choices often outweighed the bad ones. When traveling across the ocean he decided to ration their food to ensure they would not run out and that everyone would survive. He even would eat less to conserve more food. He also persuaded his men to trust the Native Americans when they were near death. His
Imagine that you are cold, lonely, and stranded on an empty island with only 3 other people. What would you do? Cabeza de Vaca and the other 3 survivors’ raft has been washed ashore on the Isle de Malhado, an island also known as the Island of Bad Luck. It was November of 1528, and the clueless Spaniards had no ships, let alone clothes and food. So how did Cabeza manage to survive this grueling, thousand mile expedition to Mexico City with his 3 fellow explorers? Although a large portion of it was luck, Cabeza de Vaca was able to survive due to the respect and trust he earned from the Indians, his advanced communication skills, and his impressive wilderness skills.
During his travels, Cabeza was helped by many Native tribes. The Indians helped him with directions, protection, and other hospitality’s (Doc 3). When Cabeza found his fellow Spaniards, he wanted to protect the Indians from them. This proves that the Natives trusted him, and he trusted the Natives(Doc 4). The Indians trusted him because he respected them. The Indians were a key part in Cabeza de Vaca’s survival.
When thinking of the Spanish Conquest, two groups often come to mind: the Spaniards and the Native Americans. The roles of each of these groups and their encounters have been so heavily studied that often the role of Africans is undermined. As Matthew Restall states in his article Black Conquistadors, the justifications for African contribution are often “inadequately substantiated if not marginalized [as the] Africans were a ubiquitous and pivotal part of the Spanish conquest campaigns in the Americas […]” (Restall 172). Early on in his article, Restall characterizes three categories of Africans present during the Conquest – mass slaves, unarmed servants of the Spanish, and armed auxillaries (Restall 175). Estebanico, the protagonist of The