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Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest (Paperback)


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

In July 1776, Franciscan friars Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante set out from Santa Fe to blaze a pathway to the new Spanish missions in California, across the huge expanse of what would become the American Southwest. In October, in western Utah, ravaged by hunger and cold, the twelve-man team had to turn back. Stymied by the raging Colorado River, killing their horses for food, the men saw an exploring expedition transformed into a fight for survival. In this chronicle of adventure and history, David Roberts retraces the Spaniards’ forgotten route, using Escalante’s diary as his guide. Blending personal narrative with critical analysis, Roberts relives the glories, catastrophes, and courage of this desperate journey.

About the Author

David Roberts (1943–2021) is the author of thirty books on mountaineering, exploration, and anthropology. His books have won the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature and the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Competition.

Praise For…

A luminous work of exploration, both personal and historical, written by one of my very favorite writers of the American Southwest.
— Douglas Preston, best-selling author of The Lost City of the Monkey God and Cities of Gold

Superbly written, Escalante’s Dream is a multidirectional literary and historical exploration of the unknown American Southwest.

— Bruce Berger - Wall Street Journal

An amiably discursive, often beguiling entry in what has become a venerable literary form: the expedition in pursuit of an expedition. Roberts knows his Southwestern history, and he knows how to craft an artful sentence.
— Philip Connors - New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393358452
ISBN-10: 0393358453
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 17th, 2020
Pages: 368
Language: English