The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 100 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
We asked them about those who remained
alive, and they said they were in a very
sorry condition, as the boys and other In-
dians, idlers and roughs, kicked them,
slapped their faces and beat them with
sticks, and such was the life they had to
We inquired about the country further
on and the sustenance that might be found
in it. They said it was very thinly set-
tled, with nothing to eat, and the people
dying from cold, as they had neither hides
nor anything else to protect their bodies.
They also told us that, if we wished to meet
the three Christians about two days hence,
the Indians would come to a place about a
league from there on the shore of that river
to feed on nuts. And to show us that what
they said of the ill-treatment of our people
was true the Indians with whom we were
kicked and beat my companion. Neither
did I remain,without my share of it. They
threw mud at us, and put arrows to our
chests every day, saying they would kill us
in the same way as our other companions.
And fearing this, Lope. de Oviedo, my com-
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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/m1/100/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .