The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 24 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
with four other monks of the order. We
arrived at the Island of Santo Domingo,
where we remained nearly forty-five days,
supplying ourselves with necessary things,
especially horses. Here more than I40 men
of our army forsook us, who wished to re-
main, on account of the proposals and prom-
ises made them by the people of the country.
From there we started and arrived at San-
tiago (a port in the Island of Cuba) where,
in the few days that we remained the Gov-
ernor supplied himself again with people,
arms and horses. It happened there that a
gentleman called Vasco Porcallo, a resi-
dent of la Trinidad (which is on the same
island), offered to give the Governor
certain stores he had at a distance of
Ioo leagues from the said harbor of San-
The Governor, with the whole fleet, sailed
for that place, but midways, at a port
named Cape Santa Cruz, he thought best to
stop and send a single vessel to load and
bring these stores. Therefore he ordered a
certain Captain Pantoja to go thither with
his craft and directed me to accompany him
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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/m1/24/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .