The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 38 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
others. As to embarking, he said it would
be to tempt-God, after all the vicissitudes of
storms, losses of men and vessels and hard-
ships we had suffered since leaving Spain,
and until we came to that place. So his ad-
vice would be to move along the coast as far
as the harbor, while the vessels with the
other men would follow to the same port.
To all the others this seemed to be the
best, except to the notary, who said that be-
fore leaving the ships they should be put
into a harbor well known, safe and in a set-
tled country, after which we might go in-
land and do as we liked.
The Governor clung to his own idea and
to the suggestions of the others.
Seeing his determination, I required him,
on the part of Your Majesty, not to forsake
the vessels until they were in a secure port,
and I asked the notary present to testify to
what I said. The Governor replied that he
approved the opinion of the other officials
and of the commissary; that I had no au-
thority for making such demands, and he
asked the notary to give him a certified
statement as to how, there not being in 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/m1/38/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .