The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 59 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
cult one, which was to build some craft in
which to leave the land. It seemed impossi-
ble, as none of us knew how to construct
ships. We had no tools, no iron, no smith-
ery, no oakum, no pitch, no tackling; finally,
nothing of what was indispensable. Neither
wNas there anybody to instruct us in ship-
building, and, above all, there was nothing
to eat, while the work was going on, for
those who would have to perform the task.
Considering all this, we agreed to think it
over. Our parley ceased for that day, and
everyone went off, leaving it to God, Our
Lord, to put him on the right road accord-
ing to His pleasure.
The next day God provided that one
of the men should come, saying that he
would make wooden flues, and bellows
of deerskin, and as we were in such
a state that anything appearing like relief
seemed acceptable, we told him to go to
Work, and agreed to make of our stirrups,
spurs, cross-bows and other iron imple-
ments the nails, saws and hatchets and
other tools we so greatly needed for our
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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/m1/59/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .