The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 60 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
In order to obtain food while the work pro-
posed was in progress we determined upon
four successive raids into Aute, with all the
horses and men that were fit for service, and
that on every third day a horse should be
killed and the meat distributed among those
who worked at the barges and among the
sick. The raids were executed with such
people and horses as were able, and they
brought as many as four hundred fanegas of
maize, although not without armed opposi-
tion from the Indians. We gathered plentyof
palmettos, using their fibre and husk, twist-
ing and preparing it in place of oakum for
the barges. The work on these was done by
the only carpenter we had, and progressed so
rapidly that, beginning on the fourth day
of August, on the twentieth day of the
month of September17 five barges of twenty-
two elbow lengths each were ready, caulked
with palmetto oakum and tarred with pitch,
which a Greek called Don Teodoro made
from certain pines. Of the husk of pal-
"The latter date is also in Oviedo (p. 588),
but not in Relacion; but the estimate of the dis-
tances is of little importance. It is a computation
of the length of the line of march, not the dis-
tance between two points.
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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/m1/60/: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .