Lvar nez cabeza de vaca was born around 1490 into a hidalgo family the son of francisco nez de vera and teresa cabeza de vaca y de zurita in the town of jerez de la frontera cdiz spain despite the familys status as minor nobility they possessed modest economic resources. The narrative of cabeza de vaca relation that alvar nuez cabea de vaca gave of what befell the armament in the indies whither pnfilo de narvez went for governor from the year 1527 to the year 1536 1537 when with three comrades he returned and came to sevilla. The narrative of alvar nez cabeza de vaca cabeza de vaca the treasurer of an expedition from spain was shipwrecked and was ultimately forced to trek several miles by natives of hernan cortes cabeza de vaca survived by learning the language of the natives and serving them as their physician. The narrative of alvar nez cabeza de vaca is the first european book devoted completely to north america though his descriptions were modest his account fed rumors of a vastly wealthy civilization north of mexico inspiring a number of later explorers seeking riches. The narrative of cabeza de vaca is the report ostensibly addressed to charles i of spain by one of these four survivors in it the expeditions royal treasurer lvar nez cabeza de vaca relates how he endured nine years of adversity at sea and on land among an ever shifting array of primarily nomadic native peoples
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