Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca's Castaways (1542): Spain and the Dawn of International Law

Carlos Conde Solares*

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Abstract

In this article I contextualise Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca's Shipwrecks (1542) within the framework of the moral and political debates that were prevalent in Spain in the late 1530s, when the explorer redacted his chronicle. Cabeza de Vaca's ideas are not just a product of his extraordinary American experience. Shipwrecks also reflects official ethical policies of the Spanish Empire with which he was familiar. These were being shaped by authors such as Francisco de Vitoria, whose Relectio prior de Indis recenter inventis (1538) planted the early seeds of international law.

Translated title of the contributionÁlvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca's Castaways (1542): Spain and the Dawn of International Law
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)91-109
Number of pages19
JournalAraucaria
Issue number47
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021

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