The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 81 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
At sunset the Indians, thinking we had
not left, came to bring us food, but
when they saw us in such a different
attire from before and so strange-looking,
they were so frightened as to turn back,
I went to call them, and in great fear
they came. I then gave them to understand
by signs how we had lost a barge and three
of our men had been drowned, while before
them there lay two of our men dead, with
the others about to go the same way.
Upon seeing the disaster we had suffered,
our misery and distress, the Indians sat
down with us and all began to weep out of
compassion for our misfortune, and for
more than half an hour they wept so loud
and so sincerely that it could be heard far
Verily, to see beings so devoid of reason,
Untutored, so like unto brutes, yet so deeply
tloved by pity for us, it increased my feel-
ings and those of others in my company for
Our own misfortune. When the lament was
Over, I spoke to the Christians and asked
them if they would like me to beg the In-
dians to take us to their homes. Some of
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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/m1/81/: accessed May 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .