The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 128
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most probable that they counted it full the 13th. And this is, per-
haps, the most rational way to consider Cabeza's statement.
Again the main party left the island on the first of April, 1529,
and in May of that year some of them got with a tribe of Indians
and remained with them fourteen months, till August of the next
year, 1530, when AndrBs went off at midday; and Castillo remained
there a year and a half later, which was till the middle of February,
1532. Andres Dorantes went back "more than twenty leagues to a
river near the bay of Espiritu Santo, among those who killed
Esquivel," * * * ; "and this hidalgo Dorantes states, that in the
course of four years he had been a witness to the killing or burying
alive of eleven or twelve young males, and rarely do they let a girl
This extract, taken from Cabeza's letter as found in Oviedo and
quoted, in the addendum under the translation of chapter XVIII of
Cabeza's relation, by Mr. Smith, affords a basis for calculation. If
Dorantes lived four years in all among the Indians who killed their
children, he having left Mal-Hado on the first of April, 1529, that
would make it April, 1533, when he left them; and it must have
been in the fall of that year that he met with Cabeza; for he was
two winters and till prickly pear season following the second with
the Indians, after meeting Cabeza, before they ran off at the full of
the moon in September, 1535, making his account and nature's un-
erring testimony harmonize. Again if Castillo remained with those
cruel Indians a year and a half after Dorantes left, say till Febru-
ary, 1532, and then went to the Iguaces, and with them met Cabeza
in the fall of that year, as they were going to the place where they
ate the nuts, he could not have fled in September of that same year,
as they spent two winters after meeting before they ran away; thus
making it impossible for them to have fled on the thirteenth of Sep-
tember, 1532. But allowing him to have been with the Iguaces a
year and eight months before meeting Cabeza, that would make the
meeting about the middle of October, 1533, and after passing the
two nut seasons, it would have to be in the summer of 1535 that
they went to the prickly pears and there ran off in September. This
also harmonizes with nature's testimony, spoken through the full
moon. So these facts as to Dorantes and Castillo afford cogent af-
firmative proof of their having run off to the Avavares in Septem-
ber, 1535, and unanswerable negative evidence against their having
done so in September, 1532.
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