Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Fact Sheet: Who was Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca.
Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1490 - 1560 *** Full Name: Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca *** Occupation: Spanish Explorer *** Date of Birth: Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca was born in 1490 *** Place of Birth: Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca was born in Jerez de la Fontera, Cádiz, Spain *** Family background: His father was Francisco Nunez de Vera and his mother was Teresa Cabeza de Vaca y de Zurita. The family were of minor nobility. It is said that he had an ancestor on his mother’s side of the family that he helped the Spanish King by showing him a secret passage that gave him the advantage over the Muslim Moors in 1212 Battle of Lady Arbella Stuart Navas de Tolosa *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with his paternal grandfather after his parents death and by the time he reached his teens, as was common, he was placed with a family of nobility *** Education: Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca would have received an education befitting his station ***
Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Fact 1: Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca was born in 1490 and during the late 15th century period in history when which is described as the late middle ages to early Renaissance and early modern period and when Portugal and Spain were exploring the oceans of the world and colonizing new lands.
Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Fact 2:
He would take part in the Canary
Islands conquest and would be
appointed as governor.
Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Fact 9: Having communicated with the local people they would hear of a city called Apalachen which was overflowing with food and gold. Cabeza de Vaca spoke against trying to find the city but Narvaez wanted to go and so split the men.
Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Fact 10:
Those that headed for the gold and
riches would find disappointment,
Apalachen had only corn but again
the Spaniards were encouraged to
travel further into the interior to
another village to seek riches, Aute
was around seven to nine days
further into the interior and they
were told was very rich. They
continued further only to see the
village had been burned and the
inhabitants long gone. The only
thing golden remaining where the
fields of corn which they used for
food before returning to the other
party of men at Panuco.
Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Fact 14: Eventually Cabeza de Vaca and three others, Andres Dorantes de Carranza, Alonso del Castillo Maldonado and Esteban, an enslaved Moroccan Berber, escaped but in the eight years they roamed and explored the region and getting to know the indigenous people he developed quite strong sympathies for them. During their journey he acted as a healer and trader and eventually they made their return to Mexico.
Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Fact 15: He wrote to King Charles V “transmit what I saw and heard in the nine years I wandered lost and miserable over many remote lands”. He wanted to convey “not merely a report of positions and distances, flora and fauna, but of the customs of the numerous indigenous people I talked with and dwelt among, as well as any other matters I could hear of or observe”.
Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Fact 16: He travelled back to America in 1540 in hopes of finding the gold and silver mines of Peru as well as finding a passage between colonized parts of Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina and the colony in Peru.
Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Fact 17: Alvarez Nunez Cabeza de Vaca died in approximately 1558 in Seville where his body was laid to rest.
Influence & Legacy: He wanted to educate the world on what the indigenous people of America were really like not just the habitat, their customs and ways.
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