The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 58 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
selves, forsaking the Governor and the
sick, who were helpless.l6 Still, as among
them were many of good families and
of rank, they would not suffer this to
happen unbeknown. to the Governor and
Your Majesty's officials, so that, when we
remonstrated, showing at what an unseason-
able time they were leaving their captain
and the sick and, above all, forsaking Your
Majesty's service, they concluded to stay,
and share the fate of all, without abandon-
ing one another. The Governor thereupon
called them to his presence all together, and
each one in particular, asking their opinion
about this dismal country, so as to be able to
get out of it and seek relief, for in that land
there was none.
One-third of our people were danger-
ously ill, getting worse hourly, and we
felt sure of meeting the same fate,
with death as our only prospect, which in
such a country was much worse yet. And
considering these and many other incon-
veniences and that we had tried many ex-
pedients, we finally resorted to a very diffi-
"Of this planned desertion Oviedo says,nothing.
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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/m1/58/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .