The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 67 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
him with some trinkets. While with the
cacique at his lodge, half an hour after sun-
set, the Indians suddenly fell upon us and
upon our sick people on the beach.
Theyalso attacked the house of the cacique,
where the Governor was, wounding him in
the face with a stone. Those who were with
him seized the cacique, but as his people
were so near he escaped, leaving in our
hands a robe of marten-ermine skin, which,
I believe, are the finest in the world and
give out an odor like amber and musk. A
single one can be smelt so far off that it
seems as if there were a great many. We
saw more of that kind, but none like these.
Those of us who were there, seeing the
Governor hurt, placed him aboard the barge
and provided that most of the men should
follow him to the boats. Some fifty of us
remained on land to face the Indians, who
attacked thrice that night, and so furiously
as to drive us back every time further than
a strone's throw.
Not one of us escaped unhurt. I was
Wounded in the face, and if they had
had more arrows (for only a few were
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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/m1/67/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .