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(noticed in the Index under a very mislead-
ing title) is perhaps the first report men-
tioned in the letter of Mendoza from Febru-
ary, I537, I am unable to decide thus far,
but there are some indications favoring the
The influence which the return and re-
ports of Cabeza de Vaca and companions
may have had upon the subsequent enter-
prise of Hernando de Soto was, if any, but
slight. The contract made with the latter
by the Crown on April 20, 1537 (Documen-
tos de Indias, Vol. XXII, pp. 534 to 546:
Capitulacion que se tomo con Hernando de
Soto, para conquistar y poblar desde el Rio
de las Palmas hasta la Florida) does not per-
mit any conclusion on this point. The first
report of the outcasts had probably reached
Spain before that time, but on August 15,
of the same year, Cabeza de Vaca was still
at Lisbon. The statements of other sur-
vivors of the expedition of Narvaez (men-
tioned at the close of our narrative as having
been met by Cabeza de Vaca in Mexico and
in Spain) cannot have been very encourag-
ing to a fresh attempt at penetrating Florida.
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Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar Núñez. The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3001/m1/10/: accessed March 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .