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Famed adventure writer David Roberts retraces the route of the legendary Dominguez Escalante expedition In July 1776 a pair of Franciscan friars Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante were charged by the governor of New Mexico with discovering a route across the unknown Southwest to the new Spanish colony in California They had other goals as well some of them secret I ordered this book after reading a review in the Wall Street Journal The book's thesis sounded intriguing an author who is battling cancer decides to follow in the literal steps of the old Spanish padres as they stake their lives and their eternal souls on the effort to bring Christianity to the Indians Perhaps I thought there was a glimmer of longing for the Christian faith in the author's own consciousness as he faced his own mortality But then I began to read the old tongue in cheek tropes about The One True Church and its True Believers imposing their faith on a different but of course eual culture I am willing to acknowledge that violence was wrongly done in the name of religion but not the idea that all cultures are eual And I don't have the time or patience to read a book that fails to recognize the good the true and the beautiful that Christianity possessesI returned my copy

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Escalante's Dream On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the SouthwestConverting the indigenous natives along the way to the true faith discovering a semi mythical paradise known as Teguayo hunting for sources of gold and silver and paving the way for Spanish settlements from Santa Fe to Monterey In strict terms the expedition failed Running out of food and beset by an early winter the twelve man team gave up in what is now western Utah The retreat to Santa F I’ve greatly enjoyed reading David Roberts’ works over the years and this one did not disappoint In fact while it is a detailed and worthy tale of the Dominguez Escalante expedition it is so much an exploration of a fine man’s life his deep relationship with the outdoors and a life of experiences second to none founded on the love and unwavering support of an extraordinary wifeWhile this book is an excellent description of the many extreme trials and tribulations of the D E expedition in 1776 it’s largely one man’s uest to re find and recapture all those incredible cultures landscapes and experiences of the American Southwest that have made him into who he is todayIt is also somewhat of a bittersweet farewell tour without rancor of a life lived well truncated too early by a struggle against a tenacious cancer one that has threatened Mr Roberts’ ability to do what he loves with whom he loves This book is all the memorable because it represents an initial solid triumph over this merciless foeMr Roberts is I believe if nothing else a fighter and an explorer with a keen determination to see things through right to the end And he is doing that I hope that as of this writing August 2019 the cancer has been put back in its placeI also fervently hope Mr Roberts knows that all of us who have lived his wondrous life alongside him through his words are fighting back with our support standing shoulder to shoulder with him in this struggle I hope it helps make a differenceYou have made a difference in my life and I can’t thank you enough for it God Speed Mr Roberts

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kindle ¾ Escalante's Dream read ´ join or create book clubs ´ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest Author Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk Famed adventure writer David Roberts retraces the route of the legendary Dominguez EscaE became an ordeal of survival The men were reduced to eating their own horses while they searched for a crossing of the raging Colorado River in Glen Canyon Seven months after setting out Dominguez and Escalante staggered back to Santa Fe Yet in the course of their 1700 mile voyage the explorers discoveredland unknown to Europeans than Lewis and Clark would encounter a uarter century later David Roberts book on Escalante’s expedition is phenomenal As always Roberts has thoroughly researched his topic and his writing is so succinct This is a must read if you like historical accounts of the Southwest But this book also is also somewhat of a personal account of Robert’s journey with cancer and it’s challenges Roberts is a great writer