The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 75 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
the sun set all those aboard of my barge had
fallen in a heap and were so near dying that
few remained conscious, and not five men
kept on their feet.
When night came the skipper and I were
the only ones able to manage the barge.
Two hours after nightfall the skipper told
me to steer the craft alone, since he felt that
he would die that same night. Thereupon
I stood at the helm, and after midnight went
to see if the skipper was dead, but he said
that, on the contrary, he felt better and
would steer till daybreak. On that occasion
I would have hailed death with delight
rather than to see so many people around
me in such a condition. After the skipper
had taken the barge under his control I
Went to rest, very much without resting, for
I thought of anything else but sleep.
Near daybreak I fancied to hear the sound
of breakers, for as the coast was low, their
noise was greater. Surprised at it, I called
the skipper, who said he thought we were
near the shore. Sounding, we found seven
fathoms, and he was of the opinion that we
should keep off shore till dawn. So I took
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/75/: accessed April 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .