Bandelier, Fanny, translator.
The Narrative of Alvar Nu–ez Cabeza de Vaca
(Barre, Massachusetts: The Imprint Society), 1972.
A good translation of Cabeza de Vaca’s account. See chapters one, seven, twelve, fourteen, fifteen, eighteen, in particular. These chapters tell about the voyage and the Indians and their customs.
Sanderlin, George, ed.
Bartolomé de Las Casas A Selection of His Writings
(New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.), 1971.
A good selection of Las Casas’ works. For our purposes the sections on Autobiography in the
History of the Indies
, and the
are to be used. In these works Las Casas tells us about the Indians and their customs and why making them slaves is wrong. An interesting way to discuss slavery and manifest destiny!
Wright, Louis B. and Elaine W. Fowler, eds.
West and By North
(New York: Delacorte Press), 1971.
See chapters I, II, III, IV for a good background to the Age of Exploration as well as Christopher Columbus’ account of his first voyage and his letter to Ferdinand and Isabella. A very useful book.