The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 28 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
Never has such a fearful thing been wit-
nessed in those parts: I took testimony con-
cerning it, and sent it, certified, to Your
Majesty. On Monday morning we went
down to the harbor, but did not find the ves-
sels. We saw the buoys in the water, and
from this knew that the ships were lost. So
we followed the shore, looking for wreck-
age, and not finding any turned into the for-
est. Walking through it we saw, a fourth
of a league from water, the little boat of one
of the vessels on the top of trees, and ten
leagues further, on the coast, were two men
of my crew and certain covers of boxes.
The bodies were so disfigured by striking
against the rocks as to be unrecognizable.
There were also found a cape and a tattered
quilt, nothing else. Sixty people and twenty
horses perished on the ships. Those who
went on land the day we arrived, some thirty
men, were all who survived of the crews of
We remained thus for several days in
great need and distress, for the food and
stores at the village had been ruined also,
as well as some cattle. The country was
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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/m1/28/: accessed June 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .