The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 55 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
were marching along, Indians crept up un-
seen and fell upon our rear. A boy be-
longing to a nobleman, called Avellaneda,
who was in the rear guard, gave the alarm.
Avellaneda turned back to assist, and the
Indians hit him with an arrow on the edge
of the cuirass, piercing his neck nearly
through and through, so that he died on the
spot, and We carried him to Aute It took
us nine days from Apalachen to the place
where we stopped.14 And then we found
that all the people had left and the lodges
were burnt. But there was plenty of maize,
squash and beans, all nearly ripe and ready
for harvest. We rested there for two
After this the Governor entreated me to
go in search of the sea, as the Indians said
it was so near by, and we had, on this
march, already suspected its proximity from
a great river to which we had given the
name of the Rio de la Magdalena.15 I left
1"Oviedo, p. 587, has eight or nine days. On
P. 586 he says they stayed 26 days at Apalachen,
instead of 25, as Cabeza de Vaca.
"5This may have been the Apala.chicola, accord-
ing to the French map.
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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/m1/55/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .