"Meanwhile, in a Paraguayan outpost, [Alvar Nunez] Cabeza de Vaca sees his strict rules of respectful cohabitation with the local Indians dismantled by the pull of old habits: 'Amazons in the jungle, like mermaids to sailors at sea, were the wishful fantasies of isolated men, forever hopeful that some lustful encounter or blissful discovery would dissolve their suffering.' To cries of 'Freedom!,' the governor is arrested by a mob and jailed".
- from a review by Ivan Briscoe, who edits the English language edition of El Pais, of A Western Gate: The Return of Saint Agnes by Marcus Cabeza de Vaca ("Cabeza de Vaca Junior"). The whole review is attached as a comment.
The relacion of the "original" Cabeza de Vaca was among the inspirational texts when I lived in Los Angeles in the late 1980s and, in my spare time, tried to imagine and rediscover the historial landscapes of the continent.