The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 23
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Route of Cabeza de Vaca.
of February. 'This was where they left the Indians crying for
Leaving those who were crying, they went to where they were
given the flour of mezquiquez, or mesquite beans,82 showing they
were still among the mesquite growth. And from there they crossed
the first large river, as wide -as that at Sevilla and breast deep, and at
sunset reached the hundred houses; which shows they were in a
region of prickly pears and mesquite trees till they crossed this
river.33 From this place 'they traveled two days, reaching Indian
houses each night, and on the third they arrived at many houses,
where the people were whiter than any they had seen in the country
till then.4" 'Here they began to see the first mountains they saw in
the country, which came consecutively from toward the sea of the
north, and so, from the account given them by the Indians of the
place, they believed they were fifteen leagues from the sea.35 With
these Indians they went from here toward these mountains, and when
they arrived they were given todher and some small bags of silver.
Next day all the people there desired to tade them to others, their
friends, who were at the point of the mountain; but, after remain-
ing over 'one day, they went along the plain near the mountains,
which they believed were not far from the coast,36 and at sunset
arrived at a place of twenty houses, where they were given prickly
pears and no other thing.37
Thus it appears they reached the foot of this mountain the even-
ing of the fourth day's journey from the crossing of the river, and
the next day's travel put them at the twenty houses, where they still
received prickly pears.
After going -on to where the Indian physicians gave them the two
gourds,38 and thence along the skirt of the mountain a distance they
S"Naufragios, Cap. XXII.
"Ibid., Oap. XXVIII.
88Ibid., Cap. XXIX, showing they had such there.
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