Southwestern Historical Quarterly
THE EXPEDITION OF PANFILO DE NARVAEZ
GONZALO FERNANDEZ OVIEDO Y VALDEZ
EDITED BY HARBERT DAVENPORT
I. FAMILY HISTORY AND CAREER OF ANDRES DORANTES
1. The House of Captain Andrs Dorandes de C arranza
By His Son, Bdltasar Dorantes de Carranzal
Because he is my father, I shall be as brief as possible touch-
ing the merits and services of Captain Andres Dorantes de Car-
ranza. But I confess to your Excellency that while those of the
Conquistadores were great; those of my father were miraculous,
as is shown by the proofs and by his history, which was printed
and published with the license and by the authority of His Royal
Majesty the Emperor, our Lord Charles V, of glorious memory.
This I have in my possession, as something that touches me very
nearly; and since the volume is not very large, if Your Excellency
deigns to permit, I shall some day bring it before your eyes. And
I know that because of your most merciful heart, you will feel
pity rather than weariness, on learning the great hardships and
pilgrimages that man suffered, shipwrecked by sea and by land,
until God delivered him to the promised land with many miracles
and marvellous works, curing the sick and raising the dead.
After long captivity and slavery, God took him, and delivered
him, and brought him out through unknown lands, opening roads,
and providing people where none had been seen before; who
came, because of his fame, from the uttermost parts of the earth,
calling him "Son of the Sun," and of God.
He travelled more than two thousand leagues, crossing from
'From Susmaria de las Cosas de la Nueva Espana con noticia individual
de los descendientos legitimos de los conquistadores y primeros pobla-
dores esparoles por Baltasar Dorantes de Carranza, pp. 264-275. Baltasar
wrote in 1604, and though the first pages of his manuscript are missing,
it was evidently addressed to the viceroy.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101087/. Accessed April 24, 2014.