The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 49 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
lagunes, large and small, some very difficult
to cross, partly because they are so deep,
partly because they are covered with fallen
trees. Their bottom is sandy, and in the
province of Apalachen the lagunes are much
larger than those we found previously.
There is much maize in this province and
the houses are scattered all over the country
as much as those of the Gelves. The ani-
mals we saw there were three kinds of deer,
rabbits and hares, bears and lions and other
wild beasts, among them one that carries its
young in a pouch on its belly as long as the
young are small, until they are able to look
for their sustenance, and even then, when
they are out after food and people come, the
mother does not move until her little ones
are in the pouch again. The country is very
cold ;10 it has good pasture for cattle; there
are birds of many kinds in large numbers:
geese, ducks, wild ducks, muscovy ducks,
Ibis, small white herons (Egrets), herons
and partridges. We saw many fal-
cons, marsh-hawks, sparrow-hawks, pigeon-
l It is somewhat puzzling to read this, since it
was 'midsummer when Narvaez reached Apa-
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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/m1/49/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .