The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 51 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
five days, making three excursions dur-
ing the time. We found the country
very thinly inhabited and difficult to march
through, owing to bad places, timber
and lagunes. We inquired of the cacique
whom we had retained and of the other In-
dians with us (who were neighbors and
enemies of them) about the condition and
settlements of the land, the quality of its
people, about supplies and everything else.
They answered, each one for himself, that
Apalachen was the largest town of all; that
further in less people were met with, who
were very much poorer than those here, and
that the country was thinly settled, the in-
habitants greatly scattered, and also that
further inland big lakes, dense forests, great
deserts and wastes were met with.
Then we asked about the land to the south,
its villages and resources. They said that in
that direction and nine days' march towards
the sea was a village called Aute,13 where
the Indians had plenty of corn and also
beans and melons, and that, being so near
"On the map in Louisiana historical collections,
already mentioned, Aute, is placed near the mouth
of the Apalachicola river.
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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/m1/51/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .