The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 82 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
the men, who had been to New Spain, an-
swered that it would be unwise, as, once at
their abode, they might sacrifice us to their
Still, seeing there was no remedy and
that in any other way death was surer and
nearer, I did not mind what they said,
but begged the Indians to take us to their
dwellings, at which they showed great
pleasure, telling us to tarry yet a little, but
that they would do what we wished. Soon
thirty of them loaded themselves with fire-
wood and went to their lodges, which were
far away, while we stayed with the others
until it was almost dark. Then they took
hold of us and carried us along hurriedly to
where they lived.
Against the cold, and lest on the way
some one of us might faint or die, they had
provided four or five big fires on the road,
at each one of which they warmed us. AS
soon as they saw we had regained a little
warmth and strength they would carry uS
to the next fire with such haste that our feet
barely touched the ground.
So we got to their dwellings, where we
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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/m1/82/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .