The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 76 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
the oar and rowed along the coast, fromn
which we were one league away, and turned
the stern to seaward.
Close to shore a wave took us and
hurled the barge a horse's length out of
water. With the violent shock nearly all
the people who lay in the boat like
dead came to themselves, and, seeing we
were close to land, began to crawl out on all
fours. As they took to some rocks, we built
a fire and toasted some of our maize. We
found rain water, and with the warmth of
the fire people revived and began to cheer
up. The day we arrived there was the sixthl
of the month of November.
A FTER the people had eaten I sent
Lope de Oviedo, who was the
strongest and heartiest of all, to go
to some trees nearby and climb to the top
of one, examine the surroundings and the
country in which we were. He did so and
found we were on an island, and that the
ground was hollowed out, as if cattle had
gone over it, from which it seemed to him
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/m1/76/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .