The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 25 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
for the sake of control, while he remained
with four ships, having purchased one on
the Island of Santo Domingo. Arrived at
the port of Trinidad with these two vessels,
Captain Pantoja went with Vasco Porcallo
to the town (which is one league from
there) in order to take possession of the
supplies. I remained on board with the
pilots, who told us that we should leave as
soon as possible, since the harbor was very
unsafe and many vessels had been lost in it.
Now, since what happened to us there was
very remarkable, it appeared to me not un-
suitable, for the aims and ends of this, my
narrative, to tell it here.
The next morning the weather looked
ominous. It began to rain, and the sea
roughened so that, although I allowed the
men to land, when they saw the weather
and that the town was one league away,
many came back to the ship so as not to be
out in the wet and cold. At the same time
there came a canoe from the town convey-
ing a letter from a person residing there,
begging me to come, and they would give
me the stores and whatever else might be
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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/m1/25/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .