He was one of the first Europeans to see the American West and to cross the North American continent, walking barefoot and naked from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific. His report to the Spanish king, written in , is the first book set in the American West, and one of the most epic adventure stories ever told.
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Cabeza de Vaca went there to help them escape, and instead was captured. In the early months of , Cabeza de Vaca escaped from captivity and waded across from Galveston Island to the mainland. He started running errands for the tribal bands on the coast in exchange for food, and, little by little, he managed to establish himself as an independent trader. All rights reserved.
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He writes that they killed many of their sons and cast away their daughters at birth, allowing them to be eaten by dogs. Indigenous peoples of the Americas Portal: But their reputation as a group of miraculous healers preceded them, and they were hailed as holy men. Somewhere near present-day Austin, Texas, at the best guess, he became the first European to see American bison.