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

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

In July 1776 a pair of Franciscan friars, Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante, were charged by the governor of New Mexico with discovering a route across the unknown Southwest to the new Spanish colony in California. They had other goals as well, some of them secret: converting the indigenous natives along the way to the true faith, discovering a semi-mythical paradise known as Teguayo, hunting for sources of gold and silver, and paving the way for Spanish settlements from Santa Fe to Monterey.

In strict terms, the expedition failed. Running out of food and beset by an early winter, the twelve-man team gave up in what is now western Utah. The retreat to Santa Fe became an ordeal of survival. The men were reduced to eating their own horses while they searched for a crossing of the raging Colorado River in Glen Canyon. Seven months after setting out, Dominguez and Escalante staggered back to Santa Fe. Yet in the course of their 1,700-mile voyage, the explorers discovered more land unknown to Europeans than Lewis and Clark would encounter a quarter-century later.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684570720
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David Roberts is the award-winning author of twenty-nine books about mountaineering, exploration, and anthropology, including Alone on the Wall, which was written with world-class rock climber Alex Honnold.

A two-time Audie Award winner, veteran actor Robert Fass is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for his narration of Francisco Goldman's novel Say Her Name.

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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