The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 139
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The Expedition of Panfilo de Navodez 139
gating pilots they had, who neither knew the land nor could give a reason
for being where they were? What guides, and what interpreters did they
have ? Oh, the rash folly!
"What greater crime could a leader commit than to conduct people to
a land where neither he, nor any among them had ever been ?
"I well believe that the advice I gave to Pamphilo in Toledo occurred to
him many times. In truth, I have often marvelled, and even been' angered,
at these captains, seeing that for the one part they are able, skilful and
valiant men, while for the other, although they have seen other leaders
fail, in whose failure they should take warning, they never fear, nor
warn others of danger. Would to God that those who thus suffer
affliction paid with their lives only, without their souls receiving detri-
ment! But I much doubt their salvation, because I have lived so long
in these Indies that I have seen that they are actuated, for the most
part, by this accursed greed; which thrusts aside, for gain, all the
scruples their consciences would otherwise respect.
"So, though I have in my proemio praised Pamphilo as a prudent
soldier and subordinate, it is but just that I should give account of him,
as I view him in this case. So I say that I have seen men, very gal-
lant with lance or sword in hand, who without these, are unfit to govern,
and I know I could point to some of them with my finger. Fighting
means little, because men of character are rare who will not fight where
their honor is concerned, but there are more captains who can obey orders
and fight than who can govern, or exercise command. There are more
captains to be commanded than who know how to command. Pamphilo,
when he served under the command of Diego Velasquez, in the Island of
Cuba, knew how to serve, and how to do as he was commanded. But
when he left there and went to New Spain, what he did can be learned
in Book XXXIII; and in this Book XXXV you may read how he ended
"We pass to the rest; for although it contains no remedy nor correction
for what is done, it does contain, which is the reason for this relation,
notice to forthcoming captains, and governors and governed, unless they
wish to deceive themselves in the same way, closing their eyes to knowl-
edge of the facts. So, in this book, they may learn what is to be feared,
and what they should mistrust, concerning those who undertake these new
enterprises. For I see that each day, they solicit men, and bring them
here like sheep, without knowing where they are going, where they are
when they get there, nor whom they follow."
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