The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 36 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
nearly ready for harvest, and also some
that was already ripe. After staying there
two days, we returned to the place where we
had left the purser, the men and the vessels,
and told the purser and pilots what we saw
and the news the Indians had given us.
The next day, which was the Ist of May,
the Governor took aside the commissary, the
purser, the inspector, myself, a sailor called
Bartolome Fernandez and a notary by the
name of Jer6nimo de Albaniz, and told us
that he had in mind to penetrate inland,
while the vessels should follow the coast as
far as the harbor; since the pilots said and
believed that, if they went in the direction
of the Palms they would reach it soon. On
this he asked us to give our opinions.
I replied that it seemed to me in no man-
ner advisable to forsake the ships until they
were in a safe port, held and occupied by
us. I told him to consider that the pilots
were at a loss, disagreeing among them-
selves, undecided as to what course to pur-
sue. Moreover, the horses would not be
with us in case we needed them, and, fur-
thermore, we had no interpreter to make
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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/m1/36/: accessed March 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .