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THE JOURNEY OF
people having left that same night in their
canoes. One of those houses was so large
that it could hold more than 300 people.
The others were smaller, and we found a
golden rattle among the nets. The next day
the Governor hoisted flags in behalf of Your
Majesty and took possession of the country
in Your Royal name, exhibited his creden-
tials, and was acknowledged as Governor
according to Your Majesty's commands.
We likewise presented our titles to him,
and he complied as they required. He
then ordered the remainder of the men to
disembark, also the forty-two horses left
(the others having perished on account of
the great storms and the long time they had
been on sea), and these few that remained
were so thin and weak that they could be of
little use for the time. The next day the
Indians of that village came, and, although
they spoke to us, as we had no interpreters
we did not understand them; but they made
many gestures and threats, and it seemed as
if they beckoned to us to leave the country.
Afterward, without offering any molesta-
tion, they went away.
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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/m1/32/: accessed February 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .