The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 39 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
country the means for supporting a settle-
ment, nor any harbor for the ships, he broke
up the village he had founded, and went in
search of the port and of a better land. So
he forthwith ordered the people who were to
go with him to get ready, providing them-
selves with what was necessary for the jour-
ney. After this he turned to me, and told
me in the presence of all who were there
that, since I so much opposed the expedition
into the interior and was afraid of it, I
should take charge of the vessels and men
remaining, and, in case I reached the port
before him, I should settle there. This I
After the meeting was over he, on that
same evening, saying that it seemed to him
as if he could not trust anybody, sent me
word that he begged me to take charge of
that part of the expedition, and as, in spite
of his insistency, I declined, he asked for the
reasons of my refusal, I then told him that I
refused to accept, because I felt sure he
would never see the ships again, or be seen
by their crews any more; that, seeing how
utterly unprepared he was for moving in-
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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/m1/39/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .