The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 67
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The Expedition of Pdnfilo de Narvaez
Andres Dorantes, and Alonso del Castillo wrote this relation, certi-
fying that throughout all the land where they had wandered, they
had seen no idolatry, nor human sacrifices, nor heard of any such
thing, until they arrived at Compostela, which was founded and
settled in that region by Governor Nufio de Guzman.
This relation was taken by the chronicler from the letter these
gentlemen sent to the Real Audiencia which resides in this city of
Santo Domingo, in this Isle of Espafiola, from the port of Havana,
where they touched the past year, 1539, going on their way to
Castilla to give an account of all that they have said to our Lord,
the Emperor King, and his Royal Council of the Indies.
And so, this was the fate of Captain Plmphilo de Narvaez and
his expedition, whom, and the others, perhaps God, in his infinite
mercy, may have pardoned, taking in discount of their sins their
many tribulations and most horrible deaths. And so, we may be-
lieve that the divine mercy saved their souls, since they were Chris-
tians; and their desires must have been such as were reasonable,
such as extending the Christian republic, serving their prince, and
attending honestly to the improvement of their condition; or justly
because they may have deserved in the last moment of their expir-
ing lives, what the prophet Ezekiel says: "Whatever moment the
sinner repents and calls, he shall be pardoned." (a)
Whatever occurs in the provinces where Pimphilo de Narvaez
went to settle, or, as better said, to perish, if it happens within my
time, I shall add in the prosecution of this history, or it will be
written by whoever succeeds me in the continuation of this General
History of the Indies.
In which the author of this history tells certain things not told
in this relation, as these were stated to him afterward in the year
1547, in Spain, in the Court of our lord King Philip at Madrid,
by Alvar NuiTez Cabeza de Vaca; which are of the same kind
and pertain to the same history, and to the land where said P6n-
filo de Narvaez and his companions were lost.
All that is stated in this relation this gentleman [Cabeza de
Vaca] has printed and published,' and I asked him to show it
aOviedo's note: Quia nolo mortem morientis, dieit Dominus Deus:
revertimi et vititite. (Ezech., cap. XXIII, vers. 82.)
1At Zamora, in 1542.
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