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

Monday Sept 16, 2019

Bookworks

4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107-3157
US

Phone: 344-8139
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Bookworks

Phone: 5053448139
Website: Click to Visit

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Author David Roberts reads from and discusses his work.

About Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest:

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.

About the Author:

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, whose historic feats were featured in the film Free Solo.

See also: Found Objects

Meanwhile, in New Mexico

Photo by Russell Maynor.

Throughout July 1776, it’s a safe bet that not a single thought of the land that became New Mexico entered the mind of anyone in the entire city of Philadelphia. But in Santa Fe, a pair of Franciscan friars, Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, set out to find a new route to the California coast (and trouble). The story, as told in David Roberts’ new book Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest, is full of Southwestern exploration, adventure and, of course, horse-eating. Roberts reads from his book on Monday, Sept. 16 at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW) at 6pm. For more information at this free, all-ages event, see bkwrks.com.

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