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Nearly two centuries before Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began their epic trek to the Pacific coast, a group of three Spanish noblemen and an African survived shipwreck, famine, Indian attack, and disease to make the first crossing of North America in recorded history.Drawing on contemporary accounts and long-lost records, Robert Goodwin tells the amazing story of their odyssey through the American South. Goodwin's groundbreaking research in original Spanish archives has led him to a radical new interpretation of American history---one in which an African slave named Esteban emerges as the nation's first great explorer and adventurer. Esteban (1500 - 1539) was the first man born in Africa to die in North America about whom anything is known. The first African American with a name, he was also the first great pioneer from the Old World to explore the entirety of the American South with his three companions.In a feat of historical research, Goodwin takes us on an incredible adventure from Africa to Europe to America, filled with physical endurance, natural calamities, cannibalism, witchcraft, miraculous shamanism, and divine intervention---challenging the traditional history of the nation's discovery and placing Esteban at the heart of our historical record.
©2008 Robert Goodwin; (P)2008 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By KP on 04-07-15

Great Listen

Great read. Easy to follow and a nice glimpse into a time long past. I couldn't wait to get back to it each time I has to take a break.

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5 out of 5 stars
By vincent jermaine linley on 03-16-18

This was a great audio book about history unknown

loved it. it told of the great adventures to the Americas before they were what we were taught in school.

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