The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 87 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
To this island we gave tle name of the
Island of III Fate.23 The people on it are
tall and well formed; they have no other
weapons than bows and arrows with which
they are most dextrous. The men have one
of their nipples perforated from side to
side and sometimes both; through this hole
is thrust a reed as long as two and a half
hands and as thick as two fingers; they also
have the under lip pertorated and a piece of
cane in it as thin as the half of a finger.
The women do the hard work. People stay
on this island from October till the end of
February, feeding on the roots I have men-
tioned, taken from under the water in No-
vember and December. They have channels
made of reeds and get fish only during that
time; afterwards they subsist on roots. At
the end of February they remove to other
parts in search of food, because the roots
begin to sprout and- are not good any
Of all the people in the world, they are
those who most love their children and treat
* 'In Relacion (p. 277) Cabeza de Vaca says
the island was called by them "Mal Fondo,"
which seems a misprint.
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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/m1/87/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .