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

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

By David Roberts

  • Release Date: 2019-07-16
  • Genre: United States
  • Size: 25.97 MB

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Famed adventure writer David Roberts re-creates the extraordinary 1,700-mile journey of the eighteenth- century Domínguez-Escalante scouting expedition.
In late July 1776, fathers Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Francisco Vélez de Escalante set out from Santa Fe to chart a route to the new Spanish missions in California. The Fransiscans planned to scout the country for mineral wealth and locate the Ute and Navajo tribes for conversion. In present- day Utah, however, the dangers of starvation and hypothermia forced them to turn back. By November the friars were reduced to survival mode: stymied by the raging Colorado River, they had to kill their horses for food. At last they succeeded in fording the river at a place later known as “Crossing of the Fathers.”

In this adventure- history, David Roberts travels the Spaniards’ forgotten route, using Escalante’s first- person report as his guide. Blending personal and historical narrative, he relives the glories, catastrophes, and courage of this desperate journey.

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