The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536 Page: 99 of 253
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ALVAR NUNEZ CABEZA DE VACA.
since he could not swim. Thence we pro-
ceeded, together with several Indians, to an
inlet one league wide, very deep everywhere
and which seemed to us, from what we saw,
to be the one called of the Holy Ghost.25
On the opposite shore we saw Indians
who had come to meet those in our com-
pany. They informed us that further on
there were three men like ourselves and told
us their names. Upon being asked about
the rest of the party, they answered that all
had died from cold and hunger and that the
Indians beyond had killed Diego Dorantes,
Valdivieso and Diego de Huelva wilfully,
only because these had gone from one house
to another, and their neighbors with whom
was now the Captain Dorantes, had, in con-
sequence of some dream dreamt by these
Indians, killed Esquivel and Mendez also.
""Espiritu Santo." This was the name given
to a bay, and probably to the mouth of a large
river. The Letter to the Audiencia, Oviedo (p.
593), describes it as follows: "This inlet (or
bay) was wide, almost a league across, and it
makes a point toward the direction of Panuco,
that juts out into the sea nearly a quarter of a
league, with some great dunes of white sand vis-
ible at a great distance from the sea; and from
this they suspected that it must have been the
Espiritu Santo river."
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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/m1/99/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .