Escalante's Dream by David Roberts audiobook

Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest

By David Roberts
Read by Robert Fass

Highbridge Audio 9780393652062

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781684570720

  • ISBN: 9781684570720

Runtime: 11.48 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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

In July 1776 a pair of Franciscan friars, Francisco Atanasio Dom├¡nguez and Silvestre V├®lez 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 Teguay├│, 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, Domínguez 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.

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Author Bio: David Roberts

Author Bio: David Roberts

David Roberts is the author of over twenty-five previous books on topics ranging from mountain climbing to adventure to Native Americans and the American West. He has written for numerous publications, including the Atlantic, Smithsonian, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and others. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 11.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English