Explore the history of early Texas as you’ve never heard it before, using new research and recently uncovered documents.Season 1 traces the identity of modern-day Texas to the first 160 years or so of San Antonio's history, from its founding in 1718 until the arrival of the railroad in 1877. Season 2 covers the Battle of Medina, the largest, bloodiest battle in Texas history...and the narrowing search for the battlefield itself, which has eluded searchers for more than a century now! And Season 3 tells the remarkable story of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and his journey across the North American continent. -- As seen on the Rivard Report, KSAT12, GreatDaySA, the Austin Chronicle, and the San Antonio Business Journal! --
The Gospel According to Cabeza de Vaca
What the legacy of the four old Narváez expeditionaries in the New World amounted to. How their legacy back in the Old World may have been more meaningful. How Cabeza de Vaca saw his legacy. And how we might think of it as well.
Pages: f63v-67r in Zamora (1542) Edition as published by Adorno and Pautz (1999).
Cover art: "La Relación Cover," by unknown, Wikipedia, Public Domain.
The "Ideal" Conquest
How the four expeditionaries translated their gospel into terms their Native American followers might understand. How the four expeditionaries then translated the Native American worldview into terms Castilians might understand. How they became apostles from the Indians. How they advocated for the full humanity of Native Americans. And how they came up short.
Pages: f60v-63v in Zamora (1542) Edition as published by Adorno and Pautz (1999).
Cover Art: "Historia de México a través de los siglos," 1929-35. By Diego Rivera, Palacio Nacional de México.
What the four expeditionaries found when they were reunited with their countrymen. How they were horrified by what they saw. And how they resolved to do something about it.
Pages: f56v-f60v in Zamora (1542) Edition as published by Adorno and Pautz (1999).
Cover art: "Michuaca Lienzo Nuño de Guzmán," by unknown, Wikipedia, Public Domain.
Crossing the Divide
How the four expeditionaries crossed the Continental Divide. How they re-connected with the Castilian world. And how they saw the first signs of the devastation wrought by their countrymen on the Native American communities of which they now considered themselves a part.
Pages: f52r-56v in Zamora (1542) Edition as published by Adorno and Pautz (1999).
Cover art: "Cabeza de Vaca, Estevanico, and the other Survivors," artist unknown. Image available on the Internet, viewed on 24 April 2020. httpstshaonline.orghandbookonlinearticlesfca06.
How Cabeza de Vaca removed an arrowhead from the beating heart of an ailing native. How the four expeditionaries' "authority" continued to grow. How the expeditionaries abused that authority. And how they came to repent of it.
Pages: f49v-f52r in Zamora (1542) Edition as published by Adorno and Pautz (1999).
Cover Art: "The First Recorded Surgical Operation in North America," 1965. By Tom Lea, Courtesy of the Tom Lea Institute., El Paso, Texas. All Rights Reserved.
All Things to All People
What clues Native Americans left as to how they viewed the four expeditionaries. Why they seemed so determined to carry the expeditionaries up into northern Coahuila. And how the expeditionaries entered the spiritual heartland of Native North America.
Pages: f48v-f49v in Zamora (1542) Edition as published by Adorno and Pautz (1999).
Cover art: Photo by Jean Clottes, Courtesy Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center, taken from The White Shaman Mural: An Enduring Creation Narrative in the Rock Art of the Lower Pecos. University of Texas Press, Austin (2016), fig 1-6.