The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 72 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
hard to reach the shore. On the third day,
a little before sunrise, we saw many col-
umns of smoke rising on the coast. Work-
ing towards these, we found ourselves
in three fathoms of water, but it being
night did not dare to land because, as
we had seen so much smoke, we believed
that greater danger might be in wait
for us there. We were unable to see,
owing to the darkness, what we should
do. So we determined to wait until
When it dawned the barges had been
driven apart from each other. I found
myself in thirty fathoms and, drifting
along at the hour of vespers, I descried
two barges, and as I approached saw
that the first one was that of the Gov-
ernor, who asked me what I thought we
should do. I told him that we ought to re-
join the other barge, which was ahead of us,.
and in no manner forsake her, and the three
together should continue our way whither
God might take us. He replied it was im-
possible, since the barge was drifting far
away into the sea, whereas he wanted to
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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/m1/72/: accessed May 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .