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THE JOURNEY OF
-washboards and adding to them and raising
the sides two hands above water.
Then we set out to sea again, coast-
ing towards the River of Palms.19 Every
day our thirst and hunger increased be-
cause our supplies were giving out, as
well as the water supply, for the pouches
we had made from the legs of our
horses soon became rotten and useless.
From time to time we would enter some
inlet or cove that reached very far inland,
but we found them all shallow and danger-
ous, and so we navigated through them for
thirty days, meeting sometimes Indians who
fished and were poor and wretched people.
At the end of these thirty days, and when
we were in extreme need of water and hug-
ging the coast, we heard one night a canoe
approaching. When we saw it we stopped
"This "Rio de las Palmas" is frequently men-
tioned in the oldest sources on Florida and north-
eastern Mexico. (See, concerning it, the expe-
dition of De Soto in "Trail-Makers.") The map
by Brevoort identifies the "Rio de las Palmas"
with the Rio Grande. The mouth of the Palmas
is stated to have been sixty leagues above (north)
of that of the Panuco river. This, as well as the
statement repeatedly found in older documents,
that from the river of Palms the coast turns to
the south, whereas from Florida on it ran from
east to west, favors the assumption.
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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/m1/64/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .