The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 97 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA
ly of pieces of seashells and cockles, and
shells with which they cut a fruit which
is like a bean, used by them for healing
and in their dances and feasts. This is
of greatest value among them, besides
shell-beads and other objects. These things
I carried inland, and in exchange brought
back hides and red ochre with which they
rub and dye their faces and hair; flint for
arrow points, glue and hard canes where-
with to make them, and tassels made of the
hair of deer, which they dye red. This
trade suited me well because it gave me lib-
erty to go wherever I pleased; I was not
bound to do anything and no longer a slave.
MWherever I went they treated me well, and
gave me to eat for the sake of my wares.
IMy principal object in doing it, however,
was to find out in what manner I might get
further away. I became well known among
them; they rejoiced greatly when seeing
me and I would bring them what they need-
ed, and those who did not know me would
desire and endeavor to meet me for the sake
of my fame.
My sufferings, while trading thus, it
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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/m1/97/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .