Cabeza de Vaca Haiku

Naked in the woods,
Wandering for eight long years;
A god and a slave.

… inspired by my recent reading of Cabeza de Vaca’s Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America, the Cyclone Covey edition, which can be found online here, among other places. It’s a tremendously interesting report of de Vaca’s wanderings though the southern part of what is now the US and into Mexico, the death of all but five (he thought four) of the men who accompanied him, and his eventual return to Spain. A million times more interesting and valuable than a history text and about as long as your average novella.

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