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Author Roberts, David, 1943-2021 author.

Title Escalante's dream : on the trail of the Spanish discovery of the Southwest / David Roberts.

Publication Info. New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2019]


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  979.01 ROBERTS    Check Shelf
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department Lower Level  979.01 ROBERTS    Check Shelf
 Farmington, Main Library - Adult Department  979.01 ROB    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  979.01 ROB    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [309]-312) and index.
Contents Abiquiu and beyond -- Where are the Indians? -- Escalante slept here -- Searching for Yutas -- Finding the Río Tizón -- Teguayó and the Lost Spaniards -- Decision -- The crossing of the fathers -- Hopi and beyond -- Epilogue: the legacy.
Summary In July 1776 a pair of Franciscan friars, Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez 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 Teguayó, 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. Other writers, using Escalante's brilliant and quirky diary as a guide, have retraced the expedition route, but David Roberts is the first to dig beneath its pages to question and ponder every turn of the team's decision-making and motivation. Roberts weaves the personal and the historical narratives into a gripping journey of discovery through the magnificent American Southwest. --Publisher
Subject Domínguez-Escalante Expedition (1776)
Roberts, David, 1943-2021 -- Travel -- Southwest, New.
Domínguez, Francisco Atanasio, active 1776.
Vélez de Escalante, Silvestre, -1792.
Franciscans -- Southwest, New -- Biography.
Southwest, New -- Description and travel.
Four Corners Region -- Description and travel.
Southwest, New -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish.
Explorers -- Southwest, New -- Biography.
Explorers -- Spain -- Biography.
Domínguez, Francisco Atanasio, active 1776. (OCoLC)fst01816120
Roberts, David, 1943-2021 (OCoLC)fst00063534
Vélez de Escalante, Silvestre, -1792. (OCoLC)fst01855696
Franciscans. (OCoLC)fst00530004
Domínguez-Escalante Expedition. (OCoLC)fst01408363
Discovery and exploration, Spanish. (OCoLC)fst01352794
Explorers. (OCoLC)fst00918556
Travel. (OCoLC)fst01155558
Southwest, New. (OCoLC)fst01244556
Spain. (OCoLC)fst01204303
United States -- Four Corners Region. (OCoLC)fst01239650
Genre/Form Biographies.
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
ISBN 9780393652062 hardcover
0393652068 hardcover
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