The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 65 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACAI
and waited, but it would not come to us,
and, although we called out, it would neither
turn back nor wait. It being night, we did
not follow the canoe, but proceeded. At
dawn we saw a small island, where we
touched to search for water, but in vain, as
there was none. While at anchor a great
storm overtook us. We remained there six
days without venturing to leave, and it be-
ing five days since we had drank anything
our thirst was so great as to compel us to
drink salt water, and several of us took such
an excess of it that we lost suddenly five
I tell this briefly, not thinking it necessary
to relate in particular all the distress and
hardships we bore. Moreover, if one takes
into account the place we were in and the
slight chances of relief he may imagine
what we suffered. Seeing that our thirst
was increasing and the water was killing us,
while the storm did not abate, we agreed to
trust to God, Our Lord, and rather risk the
perils of the sea than wait there for certain
death from thirst. So we left in the direc-
tion we had seen the canoe going on the
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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/m1/65/: accessed October 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .