An amazingly un|lucky Conquistadore
who overcame his horrible name ("Álvar Nuñez Cow-Head"--think he got teased
at all in school?) to become the first European
to cross North America
. He was shipwrecked
, and over the next eight years he walked--walked on foot!
--across Florida, Texas
, New Mexico
and northern Mexico
all the way to Mexico City
, where he rejoined the conquest
already in progress.
His report to the King
is one of the most amazing books I have ever read in my life. You should read it: Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America
, Translated and edited by Cyclone Covey, University of New Mexico Press.
Most of chapter 35 is about Mr. Badthing