The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 63
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The Expedition of P6nfilo de Narvaez
pected to receive most injury, there they had the best reception
and the most honor, which was, indeed, marvellous.
They went to a pueblo, which through fear of the Christians,
was on the top of a very steep, high and rugged mountain. This
pueblo was forty leagues from Culuacan, where the Spaniards were.
There they received them with much pleasure. Many people were
gathered there to see them from places they had gone through.
Early the following day they sent their messengers forward to
other pueblos which were three days journey from there, in order
to prepare the houses or ranchos that were gathered for their re-
ception. When these arrived, they found the Spaniards there,
who went about making slaves, and remained one night looking
them over. The next day they sought people round about through
those thickets, but found none, as they had gone very far away.
So they returned and told what they had seen, so alarmed that
they had almost lost the power of speech.
All the people were likewise alarmed, and gave way to very
great fears, and many took their leave and departed. These for-
tunate Christians told those who remained that they should not
fear; that they would make those Christians whom they feared
return to their houses and do them no harm, and that they were
their friends; which pleased them much. They replied that they
should do so, because now they dared not live in their houses nor
cultivate their land for fear of them, and that they were dying of
hunger. And so assured, they went with the Christians, and
among them came Indians from more than eighty leagues back,
who said they would never leave them.
And so they proceeded on their way and when they arrived at a
pueblo, did not find the Christians, but found the ranchos [huts]
they had had. They were two days gone from there. They de-
cided to follow them, and to send to tell them that they awaited
them, and that they should return to these others. The Treasurer,
Cabeza de Vaca, undertook the labor of following them, taking
with him the negro and a dozen Indians. Those who remained,
who were the other two Christians, sent to find the people who
were hiding through those thickets, woods and brambles, and the
following day they came, more than three hundred souls, men and
women, and told them that more would come next day, who were
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