The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 84 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
frightened at our appearance and grieved at
being unable to give us anything, since they
had nothing but their clothes. And they
stayed with us there, telling how, on the
fifth of that same month, their barge strand-
ed a league and a half from there, and they
escaped without anything being lost.
All together, we agreed upon repairing
their barge, and that those who had strength
and inclination should proceed in it, while
the others should remain until completelyre-
stored and then go as best they could along
the coast, following it till God would be
pleased to get us all together to a land of
So we set to work, but ere the barge
-was afloat Tavera, a gentleman in our com-
pany, died, while the barge proved not to
be seaworthy and soon sank. Now, being
in the condition which I have stated-that
is, most of us naked and the weather so un-
favorable for walking and for swimming
across rivers,and coves, and we had neither
food nor any way to carry it, we determined
upon submitting to necessity and upon win-
tering there, and we also agreed that four
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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/m1/84/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .