The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 73 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
land, but that if I wished to follow I should
put the people of my barge at the oars and
work hard, as only by the strength of our
arms the land could be reached. In this he
had been advised by a captain he had along,
'Whose name was Pantoja, who told him that
if he did not land that day he would not in
six days more, during which time we would
of necessity starve.
Seeing his determination, I took to my
own oar and the other oarsmen in my
craft did the same, and thus we rowed
until nearly sunset. But as the Governor
had with him the healthiest and strong-
est men, in no way could we follow or
keep up with him. Seeing this, I asked him
to give me a rope from his barge to be able
to follow, but he answered that it was no
Small effort on their part alone to reach the
shore on that night. I told him that since it
Was barely possible for us to follow and do
What he had ordained, he should tell me
what he commanded me to do. He atn-
Swered that this was no time for ortders;
that each one should do the best he couil to
Save himself; that he intended to do it that
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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/m1/73/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .