The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 53 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
that many men and horses were wounded,
and before we could get out of the lagune
our guide was captured by them. After we
had got out, they pressed us very hard, in-
tending to cut us off, and it was useless to
turn upon them, for they would hide in the
lake and from there wound both men and
So the Governor ordered the horsemen
to dismount and attack them on foot. The
pursuer dismounted also, and our people at-
tacked them. Again they fled to a lagune,
and we succeeded in holding the trail. In
this fight some of our people were wounded,
in spite of their good armor. There were
men that day who swore they had seen two
oak trees, each as thick as the calf of a leg,
shot through and through by arrows, which
is not surprising if we consider the force
and dexterity with which they shoot. I
myself saw an arrow that had penetrated
the base of a poplar tree for half a foot in
length. All the many Indians from Florida
we saw were archers, and, being very tall
and naked, at a distance they appear giants.
.Those people are wonderfully built, very
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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/m1/53/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .