The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 34 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
shore of the bay, and, after a march of four
leagues, captured four Indians, to whom we
showed maize in order to find out if they
knew it, for until then we had seen no trace
of it. They told us that they would take us
to a place where there was maize and they
led us to their village, at the end of the bay
nearby, and there they showed us some that
was not yet fit to be gathered. There we
found many boxes for merchandize from
Castilla. In every one of them was a corpse
covered with painted deer hides. The com-
missary thought this to be some idolatrous
practice, so he burnt the boxes with the
corpses. We also found pieces of linen and
cloth, and feather head dresses that seemed
to be from New Spain, and samples of gold.
We inquired of the Indians (by signs)
whence they had obtained these things and
they gave us to understand that, very far
from there, was a province called Apalachen
in which there was much,gold.4 They also
'There is a discrepancy here between the state-
ment of Cabeza de Vaca and the Letter to the
Audiencia. The latter says (Historia,
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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/m1/34/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .