The Moor's Account

The Moor's Account

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In 1527, the conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez sailed from the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda with a crew of six hundred men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernán Cortés.

But from the moment the Narváez expedition landed in Florida, it faced peril—navigational errors, disease, starvation, as well as resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year there were only four survivors: the expedition’s treasurer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; a Spanish nobleman named Alonso del Castillo Maldonado; a young explorer named Andrés Dorantes de Carranza; and Dorantes’s Moroccan slave, Mustafa al-Zamori, whom the three Spaniards called Estebanico. These four survivors would go on to make a journey across America that would transform them from proud conquistadores to humble servants, from fearful outcasts to faith healers.

Title:The Moor's Account
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780307911667
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  • Maureen ( NOT RECEIVING NOTIFICATIONS)

    Mustafa ibn Muhammad is about to discover how fragile are the threads that tie together the fabric of our lives. The year is 1527, and this once wealthy Moroccan trader has sold himself to a Spanish c...

  • Elyse  Walters

    1 slave...a black Arab Moor, 'Mustafa/Estebanico', and three Castilians are the onlysurvivors from the Narvaez's Expedition from Spain to the gulf of Florida. The story shifts from an expedition of th...

  • Matt

    In Cabeza de Vaca’s account of his epic adventures as part of the ill-fated Narváez Expedition, the Spanish explorer devotes only a single line to Estevanico, one of the four survivors, along with ...

  • Cathrine ??

    4.5★In 1527 ships with six hundred men sailed from Castile across the Ocean of Fog and Darkness with the goal to claim the land and riches of present day Florida and the gulf coast areas of the Unit...

  • Elaine

    Oh dear, I seem stuck in the doldrums a bit - not really passionately engaging with any books recently (except maybe A Little Life, and I'm still not sure whether that engagement was healthy).Lalami h...

  • Dianne

    Very interesting and well done historical fiction account of the Spanish Narváez expedition of 1527 that was sent to colonize Florida. Upon sailing into the Tampa area, Narváez (the commander of the...

  • Heidi The Reader

    The Moor's Account is a historical fiction novel about Pánfilo de Narváez's expedition into the land that would eventually be called Florida.This tale is told from the point of view of a slave named...

  • HBalikov

    To his Spanish masters he was always known as Estebanico, a diminutive form of the name Esteban. Yet his name was Mustafa ibn Muhammad ibn Abdussalam al-Zamori and he is the one telling this tale of a...

  • Shannon

    My next read is well underway, but I am still thinking about this brilliant novel, which I finished a week ago. I got so much more than I planned for. I read a library copy and am planning to buy a co...

  • Beverly

    I was looking forward to reading this book when I first heard that Laila Lalami would write a fictionalized account of Estebanico as I knew she would provide the necessary insight on Morocco and a Mor...