Drawing on contemporary accounts and long-lost records, Robert Goodwin tells the amazing story of their odyssey through the American South. Goodwin's groundbreaking research in original Spanish archives has led him to a radical new interpretation of American history---one in which an African slave named Esteban emerges as the nation's first great explorer and adventurer.
Esteban (1500 - 1539) was the first man born in Africa to die in North America about whom anything is known. The first African American with a name, he was also the first great pioneer from the Old World to explore the entirety of the American South with his three companions.
In a feat of historical research, Goodwin takes us on an incredible adventure from Africa to Europe to America, filled with physical endurance, natural calamities, cannibalism, witchcraft, miraculous shamanism, and divine intervention---challenging the traditional history of the nation's discovery and placing Esteban at the heart of our historical record.
©2008 Robert Goodwin; (P)2008 Tantor
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