that of Cabeza de Vaca’s ten years wanderings in Texas and Mexico. The first that we hear Naufragios de Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. This was published. what one may read in the famous Naufragios and what is generally said about it, ationKrieger, “The Travels of Alvar Nuez Cabeza de Vaca story in that interpretative gap, working comentarios de Alvar Niuez Cabeza de Vaca, vol. 1, ed. Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was born around in Andalusia [3], a region of Spain [4]. Cabeza de Vaca’s own account, Los naufragios [the shipwrecked men] his own account of the South American events in his Comentarios ().

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At naufraggios we found ourselves in such stress as to have to do it, without risk- ing any punishment. We gathered plenty of palmettos, using their fibre and husk, twist- ing and preparing it in place of oakum for the barges.

Sounding, we found seven fathoms, and he was of the opinion that we should keep off shore till dawn. We laughed, taking it for a jest, and said that we did not understand how to cure.

The Indians that kept Alonso del Cas- tillo, Andres Dorantes and the others, who were still alive, being of another language and stock, had gone to feed alvad oysters at another point of the mainland, where they remained until the first day of the month of April. I found the Indian with cabdza up- turned, without pulse and with all the marks of lifelessness. We also found many” deer skins and among them mantles made of thread and of poor quality, with which the- women cover parts of their bodies.

By the time of the next European contact, many had vanished, presumably from the diseases Cabeza de Vaca and his companions unknowingly exposed them to. At the last onset the Captains Dorantes, Pefialosa and Tellez, acbeza fifteen men, placed themselves in am- bush and attacked them from the rear, caus- ing them to flee and leave us.

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The people saw in their reports an outline for a possible advance into the unknown be- yond. That of the Governor we already said had been swept out into the sea, the one of the purser and the rnonks was seen stranded on the nnuez and Esquivel told us of their end.


Governor of New Andalusia AFTER we had eaten the dogs it seemed to us that we had enough strength to go further on, so we commended ourselves to the guidance of God, Our Lord, took leave of these Indians, and they put us on the track of others of their language who were nearby.

Be- fore sunrise the parents begin to weep, after them the tribe, and the same they do at noon and at dawn. Hearing this, and as winter and cold weather were setting in, we determined to spend it with those In- dians. We thanked God for His daily in- creasing mercy and kindness, and after they were all well they began to dance and cele- brate and feast until sunrise of the day fol- lowing. But there was plenty of maize, squash and beans, all nearly ripe and ready for harvest.

He traveled on foot through the then-colonized territories of Texas and the coast [ which? The route traced is a mere suggestion of possible approximations, as stated on it. It took us a day to ford the river on account of the swiftness of its cur- rent. And surely, even if there had been no other tokens, it was won- derful how He prepared the way for us through a country so scantily inhabited, causing us to meet people where for a long time there had been none, saving us from so many dangers, not permitting us to be killed, maintaining us through starvation and distress and moving the hearts of the people to treat us well, as we shall tell fur- ther on.

We told them he was a demon and explained as best we could that if they would believe in God, Our Lord, and be Christians like ourselves, they would not have to fear that man, nor would he come and do such things unto them, and they might be sure that as long as we were in this country he would not dare to appear again. He forbade us to speak of it, saying it was at a great distance, and I being the one who most insisted, he bade me to go on a journey of discovery and search of a port, and said I should go on foot with forty peo- ple.


They gained great repute among the Native Americans as healers since remarkable cures were attributed to their Christian prayers.

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He died in Seville. After the disastrous termination of [Narvaez’s expedition and his almost mirac- nautragios return to Spain, he obtained as a re- ward for his sufferings the position of Gov- ernor of the settlements on the La Plata river, vacant since the death of Pedro de iMendoza.

So the next day I started with the Cap- tain Cabwza del Castillo and forty men of his naufrafios. I reported upon my journey and on the bad condition of the country.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It is acknowledged that through Cabeza de Vaca the first knowl- I edge of the buffalo reached Europe, and his I description of the hunchbacked cows, while-‘ very brief, is quite accurate.

So we determined to wait until morning.

But one night dr fell on the straw with which I was covered, and while I was asleep in the hole it began to burn so rapidly that, although I hurried out as quick as possible, I still have marks on my hair from this dangerous acci- dent. By that time, tribal identification was also related ed more linguistic data. We called them and they approached in great fear. He continued through Coahuila and Nueva Vizcaya ve then down the Gulf of California coast to what is now Sinaloa, Mexico, over a period of roughly eight years.

We never treated anyone that did not afterwards say he was Well, and they had such confidence in our skill as to believe that none of them would die as long as we were among them. The Indians had also killed one of their horses.

Concerning the conduct of Cabeza de Vaca as Governor on the La Plata, or Parana, the opinions of eye-witnesses are divided. Georgina AM rated it it was ok Aug 17, They are so accustomed to running that, without resting or getting tired, they run from morning till night in pursuit of a deer, and kill a great many, because they follow until the game is worn out, sometimes catch- ing it alive.