The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 54 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
gaunt and of great strength and agility.
Their bows are as thick as an arm, from
eleven to twelve spans long, shooting an ar-
row at 200 paces with unerring aim. From
that crossing we went to another similar
one, a league away, but while it was half a
league in length it was also much more diffi-
cult. There we crossed without opposition,
for the Indians, having spent all their ar-
rows at the first place, had nothing where-
with they would dare attack us. The next
day, while crossing a similar place, I saw
the tracks of people who went ahead of us,
and I notified the Governor, who was in the
rear, so that, although the Indians turned
upon us, as we were on our guard, they
could do us no harm. Once on open ground
they pursued us still. We attacked them
twice, killing two, while they wounded me
and two or three other Christians, and en-
tered the forest again, where we could no
longer injure them.
In this manner we marched for eight
days, without meeting any more natives,
until one league from the site to which
I said we were going. There, as we
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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/m1/54/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .