The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 16 of 253
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The descriptions of the countries traversed,
superficial as they must be, still leave some
recognizable data, and so do the descriptions.
of plants and animals. It is acknowledged
that through Cabeza de Vaca the first knowl-
edge of the buffalo reached Europe, and his
description of the hunchbacked cows, while
very brief, is quite accurate.
Descriptions of customs and habits of In-
dian tribes or bands, especially of such as
lived east of the Rio Grande, must of course.
be accepted with proper reserve. Still, many
may yet prove to be of ethnologic value.
The general picture of the condition of these-
tribes is very likely to be exact, while, on
the other hand, many details are probably
misstated, through having been misunder-
stood or superficially observed. It might be'
worth while to make a special study of these-
ethnographic- data and compare them with
whatever material of the kind has been
placed on record by subsequent explorers
In the statements regarding the "faith
cures" which the travellers claim to have-
performed, and to which they attribute the-
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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/m1/16/: accessed March 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .