The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 47 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
O NCE in sight of Apalachen,6 the
Governor commanded me to enter
the village with nine horsemen and
fifty foot. So the inspector and I undertook
this. Upon penetrating into the village we
found only women and boys. The men were
not there at the time, but soon, while we
Were walking about, they came and began to,
fight, shooting arrows at us. They killed
the inspector's horse, but finally fled and
left us. We found there plenty of ripe
maize ready to be gathered and much dry
corn already housed. We also found many
deer skins and among them mantles made of"
thread and of poor quality, with which the-
Women cover parts of their bodies. They
had many vessels for grinding maize.7 The:
village contained forty small and low
'This Indian village seems to have been situated'
west of the peninsula of Florida, not far from the
coast. Without presuming to insist upon its loca-
tion, I would only remark that it might have been
on or near what is now the Apalachicola river.
At least, the French map accompanying the His-
torical Collections of Louisiana (Part II, 185,
I850) has: "Apalaches. Ici etaient ci-devant les
'The text says: "Tenian muchos vasos parax
moler mais." This seems to indicate mortars.
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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/m1/47/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .