The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 26 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
necessary. But I excused myself, stating
that I could not leave the ships.
At noon the canoe came again with an-
other letter, repeating the request with
much insistency, and there was also a horse
for me to go on. I gave the same reply
as the first time, saying that I could not
leave the vessels. But the pilots and the
people begged me so much to leave and
hasten the transportation of the stores to
the ships, in order to be able to sail soon,
from a place where they were in great
fear the ships would be lbst in case they had
to remain long. So I determined upon go-
ing, although before I went I left the pilots
well instructed and with orders in case the
south wind (which often wrecked the ship-
ping) should rise, and they found them-
selves in great danger, to run the vessels
ashore, when men and horses might be
saved. So I left, wishing for some of them
to accompany me, but they refused, alleging
the hard rain, the cold and that the town
was far away.
On the next day, which was Sunday, they
promised to come, God helping, to hear
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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/m1/26/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .