The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 69 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
would go with them. The Governor and
others vainly tried to dissuade him, but he
insisted upon going and went, taking along
a negro, while the Indians left two of their
number as hostages. At night the Indians
returned and brought back our vessels, but
without water; neither did the Christians
return with them. Those that had remained
as hostages, when their people spoke to
them, attempted to throw themselves into
the water. But our men in the barge held
them back, and so the other Indians forsook
their canoe, leaving us very despondent and
sad for the loss of those two Christians.
N the morning many canoes of Indians
came, demanding their two compan-
ions, who had remained in the barge
as hostages. The Governor answered that
he would give them up, provided they re-
turned the two Christians. With those peo-
ple there came five or six chiefs, who seemed
to us to be of better appearance, greater
authority and manner of composure than
any we had yet seen, although not as tall as
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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/m1/69/: accessed April 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .