The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 85 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
men, who were the most able-bodied, should
go to Panuco, which we believed to be nearby,
and that, if it was God, Our Lord's will to
take them there, they should tell of our re-
maining on the island and of our distress.
One of them was a Portuguese, called Al-
varo Fernandez, a carpenter and sailor; the
second was Mendez; the third, Figueroa, a
native of Toledo; the fourth, Astudillo,
from Zafra. They were all good swimmers
and took with them an Indian from the
FEW days after these four Chris-
Atians had left, the weather became
so cold and tempestuous that the
Indians could no longer pull roots, and the
canebrake in which they used to fish yielded
nothing more. As the lodges afforded so
little shelter, people began to die, and five
Christians, quartered on the coast, were
driven to such an extremity that they ate
each other up until but one remained, who
being left alone, there was nobody to eat
him. Their names are: Sierra, Diego,
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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/m1/85/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .