The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 15 of 253
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Oviedo mentions Andres Dorantes among
the signers of the Letter, which was, as he
states, sent to the Audiencia at Santo Do-
mingo from Havana. Cabeza de Vaca af-
firms Dorantes remained at Vera Cruz, and
thence went back to Mexico. This is fully
established by the communications of the
Viceroy, Mendoza, notwithstanding Her-
rera says he returned to Spain with his
companions. The objection may be re-
moved, however, by supposing, as is very
likely, that the Letter was writen in Mex-
ico, when the three were still together.
A very serious objection to the credibility
of the three narratives, however, arises from
the fact that all are based upon recollections
only, and not upon journals or field-notes of
any kind. It was, of course, impossible for
the outcasts, shifted and shifting from tribe
to tribe, to keep any written record of their
trip. Many of, their descriptions are not,
therefore, expected to be fully accurate.
At the end of the eight years of constant
misfortune and suffering, memory clings
most to personal vicissitudes, and the narra-
tive of these does not appear exaggerateai
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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/m1/15/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .