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2. Exploring Borders   



2. Exploring
Borderlands


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Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca - Selected Archive Items

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[2819] Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Frontispiece to second edition of La Relacion y Comentarios del Governador Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, de lo Acaescido en las Dos Jornados que Hizo a las Indias (1555),
courtesy of the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, Inc.
Sometimes considered the first captivity narrative, Cabeza de Vaca's account of his ship-wreck and travels through Florida and northern Mexico is to some degree modeled after medieval romances.

[7672] Anonymous, NEW WORLD MAP from Thomas Hariot, ADMIRANDA NARRATIO FIDA TAMEN, DE COMMODIS ET INCOLARUM RITIBUS VIRGINAE (1555)
courtesy of University of Pennsylvania, from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, Inc.
European encounters with the New World presented a host of logistical problems for explorers; among them was the absence of cartographic data about the vast lands that were now being colonized. Early travelers contributed data that enabled the creation of maps like this one, which offer testimony to the various ways in which geographic space was conceived of during the era of early exploration.

[8766] Maria Herrera-Sobek, Interview: "De Vaca" (2002),
courtesy of Annenberg Media.
Maria Herrera-Sobek, professor of Chicana studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, discusses de Vaca as a foundational figure for Chicanos.



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