Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest

Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest

by David Roberts


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Famed adventure writer David Roberts retraces the route of the legendary Domínguez-Escalante expedition.

In July 1776, Franciscan friars Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante set out from Santa Fe to blaze a pathway to the new Spanish missions in California, across the huge expanse of what would become the American Southwest. In October, in western Utah, ravaged by hunger and cold, the twelve-man team had to turn back. Stymied by the raging Colorado River, killing their horses for food, the men saw an exploring expedition transformed into a fight for survival. In this chronicle of adventure and history, David Roberts retraces the Spaniards’ forgotten route, using Escalante’s diary as his guide. Blending personal narrative with critical analysis, Roberts relives the glories, catastrophes, and courage of this desperate journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393358452
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/17/2020
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 958,459
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Roberts is a climber and mountaineer and the author of thirty books about mountaineering, exploration, and anthropology. His books have won the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival, and been shortlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. He lives in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Chapter 1 Abiquiu and Beyond 1

Chapter 2 Where are the Indians? 33

Chapter 3 Escalante Slept Here 57

Chapter 4 Searching for Yutas 87

Chapter 5 Finding the Río Tizón 119

Chapter 6 Teguayó and the Lost Spaniards 159

Chapter 7 Decision 191

Chapter 8 The Crossing of the Fathers 219

Chapter 9 Hopi and Beyond 251

Epilogue The Legacy 279

Acknowledgments 303

Bibliography 309

Index 313

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