The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 127
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Route of Cabeza de Vaca.
on August 30, 1532, and August 28, 1535; and between these two
years the decision must be made by reference to other facts.
Cabeza remained with the Indians of Mal-Hado two winters, and
must have left then in the spring of 1530; and if all the time he
peddled should be omitted, he would have gone with Castillo and
Dorantes to where they ate the nuts that same fall. He returned to
the prickly pear region the next summer, making it 1531. He went
back and came again to the prickly pears the next summer, making
that the year 1532. So it is apparent that if he ran off to the Ava-
vares in 1532, he did not peddle at all, and did not make any an-
nual trips back to Mal-Hado to see Oviedo, whom he would have
had to bring out at once when he first left the island. And this
would require him to have passed four winters on the way before
reaching the Spanish settlement, in April, 1536, while he accounts
for but one, which he spent with the Avavares. Thus it is plain
that the theory making him run off to the Avavares in September,
1532, would render the whole story farcical.
Adopting the year 1535, and allowing each main fact to be true,
except as to the precise time appropriated to, it, the story would
run as follows:
He remained with the Indians of Mal-Hado the winter he got
there and the following winter, till March, 1530; he then peddled
until the fall of 1533, when he met his comrades, and went to the
pecan trees and remained there until the next prickly pear season in
1534, when the Indians had the trouble about the woman, causing
them to separate and carry the Spaniards away with them. After
the next winter, that of 1534-5, they came back to the prickly pear
region in the summer of 1535, when they made their escape to the
Avavares. This allows Cabeza the time he claims to have spent at
Mal-Hado and with the Indians who ate the nuts, and a little over
three years to peddle, whereas he says almost six. This would har-
monize with the statement of only one winter after going to the
Avavares before reaching the Spanish settlements. And as the moon
changed 5.1 p. m. on the 28th of August, 1535, and might not have
been seen by them till about the first of September, and Cabeza says
it was the first day of September and "the first of the moon," when
the Indians separated, and that it was full moon and 13th day of
the month when the others came to him and they ran off, and the
moon actually fulled at four minutes before noon on the 12th, it is
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