The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 66 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
night we came here. During this day we
found ourselves often on the verge of
drowning and so forlorn that there was
none in our company who did not expect to
die at any moment.
It was Our Lord's pleasure, who many
a time shows His favor in the hour
of greatest distress, that at sunset we
turned a point of land and found there
shelter and much improvement. Many
canoes came and the Indians in.them spoke
to us, but turned back without waiting.
They were tall and well built, and carried
neither bows nor arrows. We followed
them to their lodges, which were nearly
along the inlet, and landed, and in front of
the lodges we saw many jars with water,
and great quantities of cooked fish. The
chief of that land offered all to the Governor
and led him to his abode. The dwellings
were of matting and seemed to be perma-
nent. When we entered the home of the
chief he gave us plenty of fish, while we
gave him of our maize, which tley ate in
our presence, asking for more. So we gave
more to them, and the Governor presented
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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/m1/66/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .