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Escalante's Dream

Nonfiction: Biography, History
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/27/2019

Escalante's Dream

On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684570720
Digital Download ISBN:9781684570737


Famed adventure writer David Roberts retraces the route of the legendary Domínguez-Escalante expedition.

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Famed adventure writer David Roberts retraces the route of the legendary Domínguez-Escalante expedition.

In July 1776 a pair of Franciscan friars, Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez 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: converting the indigenous natives along the way to the true faith, discovering a semi-mythical paradise known as Teguayó, 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 Fe 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, Domínguez and Escalante staggered back to Santa Fe. Yet in the course of their 1,700-mile voyage, the explorers discovered more land unknown to Europeans than Lewis and Clark would encounter a quarter-century later.


"But he soon deviates from his mission, and those deviations show up in Robert Fass's faithful narration of this audiobook” —AudioFile

“A luminous work of exploration, both personal and historical, written by one of my very favorite writers of the American Southwest. This is a piercingly beautiful and eloquent book.” —Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of the Monkey God and Cities of Gold

“[A] great adventure story.” —Booklist Starred Review

Author Bio

David Roberts is the award-winning author of twenty-nine books about mountaineering, exploration, and anthropology, including Alone on the Wall, which was written with world-class rock climber Alex Honnold.