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  1. Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition
  2. No initial purpose
  3. A report to the Lord of Spain in 1537

History is recorded in a variety of manners. Some of the most revealing perspectives come from the individuals that have actually experienced the past events take place. The documents each individual provide are recognized as primary sources. Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca provides an example of a primary source with his work, Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition. Upon analysis of the document, it may be contextualized as well as summarized.

[...] Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition was released around the year 1542. (De Vaca) It was an astounding story of a soldier from the sixteenth century. The pilgrim was accompanied by three other men. All of which survived a voyage gone wrong. Within the story, the crew navigate an ambiguous location. They are under the orders of a new governing body in Florida. Their disastrous expedition stretches from Florida to California. The Story summarizes de Vaca's struggle to survive and years of deprivations. [...]


[...] Chronicle of the Navarez Expedition serves as de Vaca's personal account of the voyage. (Adorno and de Vaca) Later, the document served de Vaca in a different manner. It was presented as a report to the Lord of Spain in 1537. Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca sought to become legislative leader. He thought the document would help him in his quest. Following his original report, the document was distributed to the public in a constrained circulation around 1555. It was not published in English until 1851. [...]

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