Alvar N. C. de Vaca Biography
Born In: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was a sixteenth century Spanish explorer. Starting his career as a chamberlain in a noble family, he eventually joined the Italian War with them, earning the confidence of the Spanish king while in his early thirties. Shortly, he was sent on the Narváez Expedition as the second-in-command and although he survived the ill-fated expedition, he had to wander from place to place for years before he could return to Spain. Later, he wrote a chronicle on it, giving us a glimpse into a yet-to-be discovered world. However, within three years of his return, he was sent back to the New World as the governor of the Río de la Plata in Argentina, where he faced a revolt for trying to prevent the maltreatment of the natives. Eventually, he was arrested and sent back to Spain, where he was convicted. However, he soon received the king’s pardon and was appointed a judge in Seville, where he lived until his death.