The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 18 of 253
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judgment is passed, but also the violent
strain under which they labored for such a
In regard to the route followed by the
outcasts, there are but very few ascertained
points. Opinions vary so much that I shall
not attempt to trace the course of their wan-
derings except by referring to the sketch-
map appended. The route traced is a mere
suggestion of possible approximations, as
stated on it. It will certainly be modified
by the results of investigations in the coun-
tries themselves, which I have not been and
am not able to carry on myself. It seems,
however, that the overland journey of the
four began at some point west of the Missis-
sippi, and that they successively traversed
the State of Texas and the northern part of
the Mexican Republic into central Sonora.
It is not likely they touched New Mexico,
and they certainly never saw the New Mexi-
can pueblos, but heard of them in Sonora.
Cabeza de Vaca therefore but confirmed the
few vague notions extant at his time about
the sedentary Indians of New Mexico, but
was not the real discoverer of that country.
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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/m1/18/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .