The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 48 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
houses,8 reared in sheltered places, out of
fear of the great storms that continuously
occur in the country. The buildings are of
straw, and they are surrounded by dense
timber, tall trees and numerous water-pools,
where there were so many fallen trees and
of such size as to greatly obstruct and im-
T p HE country between our landing
place and the village and country of
Apalachen is mostly level; the soil
is sand and earth. All throughout it there
are very large trees and open forests con-
taining nut trees, laurels and others of the
kind called resinous, cedar, juniper, water-
oak, pines, oak and low palmetto, like those
of Castilla.9 Everywhere there are many
sI use the word "house" here, but I shall here-
after prefer the term of "lodge." It is more in
harmony with the character of the frail construc-
tions which he describes. Later on, when Cabeza
de Vaca alludes to more substantial structures, I
shall again employ the term "house." In general,
"casa" in Spanish means house, dwelling, home,
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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/m1/48/: accessed December 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .