join us on facebook
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

Conquistador in Chains Cabeza De Vaca and the Indians of the Americas by David A. Howard

Conquistador in Chains Cabeza De Vaca and the Indians of the Americas


Conquistador in Chains Cabeza De Vaca and the Indians of the Americas by David A. Howard

This historical text explores the life of de Vaca, whose more humane and Christian methods of leadership of the Indians of America, opposed the self interest of the Spaniards. It shows how De Vaca was overthrown, sent to a prison in Spain and who paid a high price for his Christian conscience.


A fresh and immensely satisfying new look at a man who paid the steep price of career and honor in defense of his Christian conscience, honed by a long and intimate contact with American Indians. This book highlights once again the contradictory motives that drove the Spanish conquest of the Americas in the 16th century by focusing on one man, Cabeza de Vaca. In his being and in his actions we see and can appreciate the magnitude, the magnificence, and the depravity of an era, borne along by sometimes wildly contradictory obsessions, from the most sacred to the most profane. Lawrence A. Clayton, The University of Alabama

A broad-ranging look at an exceptional conqueror. Howard covers both the North and South American phases of his remarkable life. John F. Schwaller, Director, Academy of American Franciscan History

About the Author

David A. Howard is Professor of History at Houghton College, Houghton, New York.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

31st January 1997


David A. Howard

More books by David A. Howard
Author 'Like for Like'


The University of Alabama Press


240 pages


History of the Americas
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Social & cultural history
Biography: historical, political & military



If you LOVE reading then you will love LOVEREADING! It's a 'novel' idea. Seriously though I could not recommend them enough.

Rebecca Whymark

It is a website dedicated to those who adore reading It really is a one stop shop for book lovers. Love it!

Edel Waugh

Lovereading has given me the opportunity to delve into new and exciting worlds of authors who I would never have tried before.

Glynis Elliott

I love the honest opinions, recommendations for every genre and every reader, wish lists and Like for Like.

Amrita Dasgupta

It's a lively, independent website with reviews, recommendations and more - with a huge range of books available to buy in all formats.

Alison Layland

It has enriched my leisure time by introducing me to a world of books which I would not have previously considered.

Val Rowe

Love Reading - it not only does what it says on the tin, it does it with Jam on!!

Maz Tucker

It's information about new books so, for a book lover like me, what's not to like!

Joan Hill