The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 50 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
hawks and many other birds.l Two hours
after we arrived at Apalachen the Indians
that had fled came back peaceably, begging
us to give back to them their women and
children, which we did.12 The Governor,
however, kept with him one of their ca-
ciques, at which they became so angry as to
attack us the following day. They did it so
swiftly and with so much audacity as to set
fire to the lodges we occupied, but when we
sallied forth they fled to the lagunes nearby,
on account of which and of the big corn
patches, we could not do them any harm
beyond killing one Indian. The day after,
Indians from a village on the other side
came and attacked us in the same manner,
escaping in the same way, with the loss of
a single man.
We remained at this village for twenty-
""Hay aves de muchas maneras, ansares en
gran cantidad, pasos, dnades, patos reales, dorales
y garzotas y garzas, perdices; vinzos inuchos hal-
concs, neblis, gavilanes, esmorejanes, y otras
minuchas aves." The "dorales" are ibis, the "ne-
bli" corresponds to the marsh-hawk, and the
nearest approach to the "esmorejan" might be
the pigeon-hawk, perhaps. The "garzota" is the
'To return the non-combatants to the Indians
was not very wise, and shows that Narvaez and
his officers had little knowledge of Indian nature.
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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/m1/50/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .