The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 43 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
ernor what we had found and how it was
necessary to ford the river again at our first
crossing in order to explore the inlet thor-
oughly and find out if there was a harbor.
The next day he sent a captain called
VTalenzuela with sixty footmen and six
horsemen to cross the river and follow its
course to the sea in search of a port. After
two days he came back, reporting that he
had discovered the inlet, which was a shal-
low bay, with water to the knees, but it had
there no harbor. He saw five or six canoes
crossing from one side to the other, with
Indians who wore many feather bushes.
Hearing this, we left the next day, al-
ways in quest of the province called Apa-
lachen by the Indians, taking as guides
those whom we had captured, and marched
until the I7th of June without finding
an Indian who would dare to wait for us.
Finally there came to us a chief, whom
an Indian carried on his shoulders. He
wore a painted deerskin, and many people
followed him, and he was preceded by many
players on flutes made of reeds. He came
to the place where the Governor was and
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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/m1/43/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .