The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 41 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
took along was three hundred,5 among them
the commissary, Father Juan Xuarez, another
friar called Father Juan de Palos and three
priests, the officers, and forty horsemen. We
marched for fifteen days, living on the sup-
plies we had taken with us, without finding
anything else to eat but palmettos like those
of Andalusia. In all this tirte we did not
meet a soul, nor did we see a house or vil-
lage, and finally reached a river, which we
crossed with much trouble, by swimming
and on rafts. It took us a day to ford the
river on account of the swiftness of its cur-
rent. When we got across, there came to-
wards us some two hundred Indians, more
or less; the Governor went to meet them,
and after he talked to them by signs they
acted in such a manner that we were obliged
to set upon them and seize five or six, who
took us to their houses, about half a league
from there, where we found a large quan-
tity of corn ready for harvest. We gave
infinite thanks to our Lord for having help-
"Oviedo (Historia, III, p. 584) says, following
the Letter to the Audiencia, 260 foot and forty
horse. The Relacion (p. 270) three hundred men
and forty men on horseback ("trescientos
hombres y quarenta hombres de d caballo").
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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/m1/41/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .