The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 63 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
any one among us having the least knowl-
edge of the art of navigation.
HAT bay from which we started is
called the Bay of the Horses. We
sailed seven days among those in-
lets, in the water waist deep, without signs
of anything like the coast. At the end of
this time we reached an island near the
shore. My barge went ahead, and from it
we saw five Indian canoes coming. The
Indians abandoned them and left them in
our hands, when they saw that we approach-
ed. The other barges went on and saw
some lodges on the same island, where we
found plenty of ruffs and their eggs, dried,
and that was a very great relief in our needy
condition. Having taken them, we went
further, and two leagues beyond found a.
strait between the island and the coast,
which strait we christened Sant Miguel, it
being the day of that saint. Issuing from
it we reached the coast, where by means of
the five canoes I had taken from the Indians
we mended somewhat the barges, making
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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/m1/63/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .