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The great traveler Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

by Jorge Sanchez - 2 years, 11 months ago

I made a special journey to Jerez de la Frontera to pay homage to one of the best Spanish travelers of all times, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, who was born in that Andalucian city. He was the first European to cross USA from coast to coast (Atlantic to Pacific ocean), overland, during seven years. Later on he was the first European to watch the Iguazu waterfalls. I caught a bus from Sevilla. Once in the bus station I walked to the downtown. I found in a central square the Tourist Office, where I was given several brochures about the tourist attractions that I should not miss while in Jerez de la Frontera. Jerez de la Frontera is famous for its sherry wines (vino Jerez in Spanish language) and for its pure Arab blood horses, and several days a week they offer horses performances, which is very interesting and unforgettable experience (unfortunately the day that I spent in Jerez the shows were not offered, so I could not see them). I entered the cathedral and the buildings around. I saw the walls of the old city and finally I walked to the place where the statue of Álvar Núñez was located. In the afternoon I took a bus to another historical town nearby, Sanlucar de Barrameda, the port from where the expedition to Magallanes sailed in 1519 to go around the world for the first time in the history of the Humankind with five ships. Three years later, in the year 1522, one out of the 5 ships returned with 18 survivors out of the 234 men who sailed in 1519. Magallanes died in Philippines, but our Juan Sebastian Elcano continued and finished successfully the around the world journey.


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