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Come and Take It is a talk show about Texas, by Texans. Three friends born and raised in Texas share their views on the state’s history, culture, and just what it means to be Texan.

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Mike Zolkoski
Scott Elfstrom
Sean McIver

#43: Cabeza de Vaca

25 minutes

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You could make the case that written Texas history began with a man named Cabeza de Vaca, who made history as much as he wrote it down. His 4000-mile journey, from the Florida coast through Texas to the Pacific coast of Mexico—most of it walking—is one of the earliest undertaken by a European in Texas.

Before we begin… What’s your favorite pecan-based delicacy?

  • Don’t take our word for it. Read the words of the man himself. Here is Cabeza de Vaca’s journal, translated and presented online for you to follow along.

  • Another great page from the Texas Beyond History site hosted by the University of Texas. This takes a comprehensive look at the Texas that Cabeza and his compatriots would have seen and the journey they took across the continent.

  • A good summary of Cabeza de Vaca’s journey from Florida to Mexico. Great information about the first part of his adventure.

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