The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 96 of 253
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THE JOURNEY OF
on the mainland, and who are called those
from (of) Charruco.
I could no longer stand the life I was
compelled to lead. Among many other
troubles I had to, pull the eatable roots
out of the water and from among the
canes where they were buried in the
ground, and from this my fingers had
become so tender that the mere tc>uch of a
straw caused them to bleed. The reeds
would cut me in many places, because many
were broken and I had to go in among them
with the clothing I had on, of which I have
told. This is why I went to work and joined
the other Indians. Among these I improved
my condition a little by becoming a trader,
doing the best in it I could, and they gave
me food and treated me well.
They entreated me to go about from one
part to another to get the things they needed,
as on account of constant warfare there is
neither travel nor barter in the land.
So, trading along with my wares I
penetrated inland as far as I cared to go
and along the coast as much as forty
or fifty leagues. My stock consisted main-
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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/m1/96/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .