The Moor's Account Summary À 100

Summary The Moor's Account

The Moor's Account Summary À 100 ↠ ➿ The Moor's Account Free ➶ Author Laila Lalami – In 1527 the conuistador 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 In the conuistadInthe conuistador 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 The Moor's PDFEPUBHernán Corté. 1 slavea black Arab Moor 'MustafaEstebanico' 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 the territory to self exploring men facing their humanity This is such a fantastic book which allows you to feel as if you are one of the survivors There is less focus on searching for gold and conuering land after almost 600 people have died With only 4 surviving men they were forced to rely on the native IndiansThey travel together down to the Gulf of Mexico Soon they become their slaves later they source themselves as healers The Indians believed Estabanico to be a Shaman who healed the sick Estabanico makes a terrific narrator He was different from the other survivors so he could relate to the native Indians what it felt like to be an outcasthe understoodhow they felt All the characters were well developed and what made them interesting is that they all kept changing Themes of greed power trust guilt and loyalty were found throughout Strength of characterdignity resilience is throughoutThis story is both devastating and moving an adventure as much about the human spirit as it the land to conuer History came alive in this historical fiction in a region I'll be visiting in two days I think I'll do some exploring myself Thank you to my friend Loretta for the surprise house delivery the gift of this book I learned a lot about this famous historical journey The narration by Estebanico was especially wonderful told with much dignity warmth and insights into the Spanish Native American and Arab cultures exploring from different points of view

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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 conuistadores to humble servants from fearful outcasts to faith healers. 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 attempted conuest and enrichment gone wrongI had put my life in the hands of others and now here I was at the edge of the known world lost and afraid All along I had told myself that I did not have a choice that I had been the one to put myself into bondage and I had to accept this fate Somehow I had also convinced myself that my redemption could only come from some force outside of me—that if I were useful to others they would save me What a terrible thing to believe I had to stop playing a part in my own misery I had to save my own lifeWe see the hubris and ignorance with which these Castilians “invade” Florida Each is out for gain and fame often at the expense of others in the group This was what made the governor’s choice so clever If the mission succeeded our struggles would be forgotten when the history of La Florida was told; if the mission failed he would not be alone to bear the responsibility for its failureOur narrator not only tells us about this journey but about his whole life before he found it necessary to sell himself into slavery and leave North Africa Lalami has done her research in giving us a very detailed picture of everyday life in the fading Muslim empire and the impact of a rejuvenated Christian Spain on both that part of the world and its exploration of the “new world”If this brilliant concept has not been fully realized I am not going to call out Lalami for trying History we all know is mostly written by the winners and it is often to glorify certain individuals Rarely do we even have a mention of those “little people” without who the “great ones” would not have had their triumphs In this case our author is digging into one of the strangest efforts at conuest that the Spanish Empire ever mounted Less than one percent of the over 600 men who came to conuer Florida survived We all grew uiet as we contemplated the mounds It was one thing to lose men to a swamp a river or a battle with the Indians and uite another to lose them to the fever An accident could be easily dismissed as a rare occurrence a stroke of bad luck As for combat we had each conceived a reason why we had been spared we had fought valiantly or had better weapons or had found a good place to hide But disease did not discriminate—it could strike the rich as well as the poor the brave as well as the coward the wise as well as the fool Disease leveled all the differences between us and united us in a single abiding fearEventually the remaining members of the mission have to adopt a different approach to the indigenous tribes Their need for food and information led first to trade and when their meager supplies were exhausted it led to begging and a form of servitude Lalami doesn’t paint with a broad brush Each tribe has its own customs and way of surviving Those that note that the Spaniards have brought disease react in different ways The remaining Spaniards also break into different groups some still intending to conuer and others trying to adapt Our narrator “Estebanico” becomes valuable all the time as his facility with languages makes him the interface Eventually he can no longer be treated as a slave However this doesn’t make him a leader The roles are still too grounded in the Empire’s cultural traditions He has his doubts Sometimes I thought of letting go too Sitting under the shade of a poplar tree as the company took its midday break I wondered what would happen to me if I was infected with the fever and perished in this land Who would wash my body for burial Who would commend my soul to God Who would mourn meLater Chaubekwan taught me that just as unfounded gossip can turn into sanctioned history if it falls in the hands of the right storyteller an untested cure could become effective if the right shaman administered it From him I learned how to grind roots without destroying their power how to store medicinal plants how to prepare various poultices but also how to wear a costume and entice a patient to drink a bitter potionHis role as a healer expands as the remaining party moves west Finally they reach the boundaries of New Spain and begin their re acclimation into the Spanish hierarchy As they do they have to decide how much of their experience to defend and how much of their knowledge it is necessary to retainThis is a brilliant recapitulation of this obscure but significant expedition My main criticism is where Estebanico is simply the voice of the author and not uite “in character” Here is an example In Arabic the name Guadalajara evoked a valley of stones a valley my ancestors had settled than eight hundred years earlier They had carried the disease of empire to Spain the Spaniards had brought it to the new continent and someday the people of the new continent would plant it elsewhereAs “historical fiction” this novel attempts to illuminate history not to change it This means that there is a great deal of inevitability to the arc of this story Those familiar at all with the “La Florida” expedition know what became of it and those who were part of the expedition Yet this book triumphs over that inevitability with a rich narrative of what could have been seen and experienced by those who survived and one person who sees it all in a different light

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The Moor's AccountSBut 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. 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 armada split his contingent in two with half staying in the gulf with the ships and the other half heading north on foot to look for a rich kingdom called Apalache which supposedly had great uantities of gold and other precious metals 300 officers soldiers friars and settlers set off only to become lost and permanently separated from the ships that bore them Over 8 years the 300 dwindled to 4 through famine disease battles with indigenous Indian tribes enslavement alligators and cannibalism In the course of those 8 years the 4 survivors Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Alonso del Castillo Maldonado Andrés Dorantes de Carranza and his enslaved Moor Estebanico – traveled mostly on foot from Tampa Florida to Mexico City Cabeza de Vaca’s 1542 written account of this ordeal the first written account of North America make up the bones of Lalami’s story Her narrator is the Moor slave Mustafa renamed Estebanico by his master Dorantes Mustafa weaves the fictional story of his life and how he came to become enslaved with the story of the ill fated expedition It’s absolutely fascinating The very best books are the ones that make the past bloom into vivid life and transport you to a lost place and time I loved learning about the culture and lifestyles of the various southern American and Mexican Indian tribes And the treachery and callousness of humans Castillians and Indians alike – will make you shake your head with despairThis book was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for fiction in 2015 I loved it and highly recommend it It’s not an “easy read” – lots of detail and people to keep track of but an amazing story