The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 7 of 253
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Yet it is certain that the appearance of Ca-
beza de Vaca and his fellow-sufferers at
Culiacan, and their statements, directed the
attention of the Spanish authorities at the
young city of Mvexico to the North more
than the reports about the Seven Cities and
the raids which Nuno de Guzman had made
in that direction. Nevertheless, the impor-
tance of the story of Cabeza de Vaca must
not be overestimated. A perusal of the nar-
rative shows that the forlorn wanderers
were not-as it has long- been admitted-
the "discoverers of New Mexico." They
never saw, nor do they claim to have seen,
any of the so-called "Pueblos." They only
heard of them, in a more or less confused
manner. On the other hand, more precise
than their information on this point is what
they said about the plains, their Indians;
and it seems above all doubt that the first
knowledge of the American Bison, or Buf-
falo, is due to their descriptions.
On the minds of the Spanish occupants of
Mexico, especially on what may be called
the floating population (proportionately
large at the time, as everywhere in newly
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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/m1/7/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .