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Long-awaited biography about a forgotten historical figure

Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America

Esteban

The African Slave     
Who Explored America

When Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest say, "The first white man we saw was a black man," they are referring to Esteban, who came to Arizona and New Mexico in 1539. 

After centuries of negative portrayals, this biography highlights Esteban's importance in early America's history, where he is usually referred to by his slave nickname of Estebanico. What little is known about Esteban comes from the Spaniard Álvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, other Spanish chroniclers, and American writers whose condescension toward the Moroccan slave has carried over into most history books.

This biography dispells the myths and lies about Esteban that attacked his character and belittled his accomplishments. The biography emphasizes Esteban rather than the Spanish conquistadors, whose exploits are often exaggerated and glorified in the sixteenth-century chronicles. Esteban is given full credit for his courage, his skill as a linguist, and his stature as a cultural intermediary who was trusted and respected by natives from many tribes across the continent.

From a premier publisher of the Southwest, the University of New Mexico Press, this extensively researched biography restores a remarkable man to his proper role in history.

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