The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 44 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
stayed an hour. We gave him to under-
stand by signs that cur aim was to reach
Apalachen, but from his gestures it seemed
to us that he was an enemy of the Apalachen
people and that he would go and help us
against them. We gave him beads and little
bells and other trinkets, while he presented
the Governor with the hide he wore. Then
he turned back and we followed him.
That night we reached a broad and deep
river, the current of which was very strong
and as we did not'dare to cross it, we built a
canoe out of rafts and were a whole day in
getting across. If the Indians had wished
to oppose us, they could have easily impeded
our passage, for even with their help we had
much trouble. Ohe horseman, whose name
was Juan Velazquez, a native of Cuellar,
not willing to wait, rode into the stream,
and the strong current swept him from the
horse and he took hold of the reins, and
was drowned with the animal. The Indians
of that chief (whose name was Dulchan-
chellin) discovered the horse and told us
that we would find him lower down the
stream. So they went after the man, and
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/44/: accessed April 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .