The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 116
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116 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Cabeza with the statements found in the United States coast survey.
But had he been familiar with the coast by land from the northeast
portion of Espiritu Santo Bay to Flour Bluff on the southeastern
part of Corpus Christi Bay, he might readily have seen from such
data that the survivors of the Narvaez expedition struck the main
below the high point referred to by Pineda and in the coast survey,
and were in fact on Corpus Christi Bay, and subsequently ascer-
tained that a river came in to the west of where they crossed, that is
the Nueces. And he would have known that Flour Bluff's relative
position to St. Joseph's Island was just what he describes, except
degrees of latitude and longitude, as the twenty-five statute miles
northeasterly will reach from the former to the latter.14 He was
trying to fit this to False Live Oak Point and Espiritu Santo Bay,
and finding that impossible, determined there was no place in
existence that the description would fit, without discovering he was
trying to harmonize the descriptions of two distinct places and
make them apply to one only.
The longitude given by Mr. Smith is a mistake, as 96* west passes
a short distance west of the mouth of the Brazos river, while 970
crosses the southwestern portion of Matagorda peninsula, passing
about 47' 39" 83 east of False Live Oak Point, and by the rule of
construction applicable in such cases, his 96 should read 970, to
make it harmonize with the other calls, found to be correctly stated
as they are on the ground.
The translation making "moras de zarzas" mean blackberries'" is
misleading; for the same term is applied to the black dewberries,
which are abundant on that part of the coast, and usually ripening
in the last days of March or first of April, while the blackberry
growing on the brier bush is not found there. Where it is found,
further east on the main, it does not ripen till a month or more
later.'" So while these dewberries do not prove any particular island
to be Mal-Hado, their abundance on St. Joseph's, ripening by the
first of April, satisfies the reference made by Cabeza to "moras de
14 Captain Allen says; "From Flour Bluff to McGloin's Bluff is ten
miles, and from the latter to St. Joseph's Island is fourteen miles, " thus
making the aggregate twenty-four miles.
16 Smith's translation, Chap. XIV, p. 77.
16 This information as to the blackberry was kindly furnished by an old
settler on Caney Creek.
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