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By Paul Schneider

ISBN-10: 1466843292

ISBN-13: 9781466843295

A gripping account of 4 explorers adrift in an unknown land and the harrowing trip that took them throughout North the USA 270 years earlier than Lewis and Clark

One half Heart of Darkness, one half Lewis and Clark, Brutal Journey tells the tale of a bunch of explorers who got here to the hot global at the heels of Cortés; sure for glory, purely 4 of 4 hundred could live on. 8 years and a few 5 thousand miles later, 3 Spaniards and a black Moroccan wandered out of the barren region to the north of the Rio Grande and into Cortes' gold-drenched Mexico.

The 4 survivors of the Narváez day trip introduced not anything again from their sojourn except their tale, yet what a story it was once. they'd turn into killers and cannibals, torturers and torture sufferers, slavers and enslaved. They grew to become religion healers, palms buyers, canoe thieves, spider eaters, and eventually, whilst there have been in simple terms the 4 of them left within the excessive Texas wilderness, they turned itinerate messiahs. They turned, in different phrases, no matter what it took to stick alive lengthy sufficient to inch their manner towards Mexico, the one position the place they have been sure they might locate an outpost of the Spanish empire.

The trip of the Cabeza De Vaca day trip is among the maximum survival epics within the background of yank exploration. by means of drawing at the bills of the 1st explorers and the newest findings of archaeologists and educational historians, Paul Schneider bargains an exciting and genuine narrative to switch a legend of North American exploration.

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Since each creature lives only a minute or so, they change so fast that a man can’t take his mind off of them for a second. ” “That won’t be too long. ” “Yes. But none of the others is having half the trouble that I am. Most of them, in fact, have things coming along just about the way they want them. My four planets are raising more hell than all the rest of both galaxies put together, and I know that it isn’t me - next to you, I’m the most efficient operator we’ve got. ” If an Eddorian can be said to smile, the All-Highest smiled.

Thus one of them, fractionally more powerful and more ruthless than the rest, became the All-Highest-His Ultimate Supremacy-and a group of about a dozen others, only infinitesimally weaker, became his Council; a cabinet which was later to become known as the Innermost Circle. The tally of this cabinet varied somewhat from age to age; increasing by one when a member divided, decreasing by one when a jealous fellow or an envious underling managed to perpetrate a successful assassination. And thus, at long last, the Eddorians began really to work together.

Therefore the Eddorians, for the first time in their prodigiously long history of fanatical non-cooperation, decided to pool their resources of mind and of material and to work as a group. Union of a sort was accomplished eventually; neither peaceably nor without highly lethal friction. They knew that a democracy, by its very nature, was inefficient; hence a democratic form of government was not even considered. An efficient government must of necessity be dictatorial. Nor were they all exactly alike or of exactly equal ability; perfect identity of any two such complex structures was in fact impossible, and any difference, however slight, was ample justification for stratification in such a society as theirs.

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