The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 45 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
his death caused us much grief, since until
then we had not lost anybody. The horse
made a supper for many on that night. Be-
yond there, and on the following day, we
reached the chief's village, whither he sent
That same night, as they went for water,
an arrow was shot at one of the Chris-
tians, but God willed that he was not
hurt. The day after we left this place, with-
out any of the natives having appeared, be-
cause all had fled, but further on some In-
dians were seen who showed signs of hos-
tility, and although we called them they
would neither come back nor wait, but with-
drew and followed in our rear. The Gov-
ernor placed a few horsemen in ambush
near the trail, who as they (the Indians)
passed, surprised them. and took three or
four Indians, whom we kept as guides
thereafter. These led us into a country diffi-
cult to traverse and strange to look at, for it
had very great forests, the trees being won-
derfully tall and so many of them fallen that
they obstructed our way so that we had to
make long detours and with great trouble.
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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/m1/45/: accessed April 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .