The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 52 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
the sea, they obtained fish, and that those
were their friends. Seeing how poor the
country was, taking into account the un-
favorable reports about its population and
everything else, and that the Indians made
constant war upon us, wounding men and
horses whenever they went for water
(which they could do from the lagunes
where we could not reach them) by shoot-
ing arrows at us; that they had killed a
chief of Tezcuco called Don Pedro, whom
the commissary had taken along with him,
we agreed to depart and go in search of the
sea, and of the village of Aute, which they
had mentioned. And so we left, arriving
there five days after. The first day we
travelled across lagunes and trails without
seeing a single Indian.
On the second day, however, we reached
a lake very difficult to cross, the water
reaching to the chest, and there were a great
many fallen trees. Once in the middle of
it, a number of Indians assailed us from
behind trees that concealed them from our
sight, while others were on fallen trees, and
they began to shower arrows upon us, so
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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/m1/52/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .