The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 37 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
\ourselves understood by the natives; hence
we could have no parley with them. Neither
did we know what to expect from the land
we were entering, having no knowledge of
what it was, what it might contain and by
what kind of people it was inhabited, nor
in what part of it we were; finally, that we
had not the supplies required for penetrating
into an unknown country, for of the stores
left in the ships not more than one pound of
biscuit and one of bacon could be given as
rations to each man for the journey, so that,
in my opinion, we should re-embark and
sail in quest of a land and harbor better
adapted to settlement, since the country
which we had seen was the most deserted
and the poorest ever found in those parts.
The commissary was of the contrary
opinion saying, that we should not embark,
but follow the coast in search of a harbor, as
the pilots asserted that the way to Panuco
was not more than ten or fifteen leagues dis-
tant and that by following along the coast it
was impossible to miss it, since the coast
bent inland for twelve leagues. The first
ones who came there should wait for the
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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/m1/37/: accessed June 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .