This lesson plan aligns with the episode “Lost! Cabeza de Vaca Stumbles Through Southwestern North America in the “Age of Exploration”

Content area: History/Early Americas + European Exploration
Target audience: 11th/12th grade or undergraduate survey
Suggested length: 1-3 class periods

After listening to an episode with a heavy geographical component, like Lost!, where students can track Cabeza de Vaca’s travels throughout the Gulf of Mexico coast and into northern Mexico. Use My Maps in Google to create a custom map of Cabeza de Vaca’s unfortunate journey through “La Florida.” Students can include images, descriptions, and excerpts from the original text. Students can work collaboratively – in small groups, or together as one class.