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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His South American career was sadly different from that in North America. The others were smaller, and we found a golden rattle among the nets. First published 4 years after Cabeza de Vaca’s remarkable reappearance in Culiacan and 12 after the start of his odyssey across North America the narrative is disappointing because it lacks specificity. Governor of New Andalusia On this he asked us to give our opinions.

Of the biography of Cabeza de Vaca only such portions are well known as relate to his career in America. If the Indians had wished to oppose us, they could have easily impeded our passage, for even with their help we had much trouble.

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The objection may be re- moved, however, by supposing, as is very likely, that the Letter was writen in Mex- ico, when the three were still together. N Saturday, the ist of May, the day on which all this had comentsrios, he ordered that they should give to each one of those who had to go with him, two pounds of ship-biscuit and one-half pound of bacon, and thus we set out upon our journey inland.

All who are of the same descendancy clus- ter together. His account is the earliest description of the American Southwest. Their encounters with harsh conditions and weather, and being required to work like native women, must have seemed like slavery.


Spairu Their horns are small, like those of the Moorish cattle; the hair is very long, like fine wool and like a peajacket ; some are brownish and others ‘black, and to my taste they have better and more meat than those from here. I almost sprained my eyes from rolling them so hard. They were tall and well built, and carried neither bows nor arrows. At the end of comentaarios days I reached the shores of a river and there met my Indians.

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He died poor in Seville around the year Pedro de Vera y Mendoza Salazar. The negro told him that we cabea going in search of the people that had raised the smoke. When they want to get married they buy their wives from their enemies. Very baca by they met them, and they also were looking for us, as the Indians had told them of our presence in the neighborhood. Soon afterward the Diego de Alcaraz expedition returned and explained to Melchor that they were shocked at how, on their return journey, not only did they find the land u, but the natives coming to greet them with crosses in hand and also gave them provisions.

The picture of the country traversed was, in the main, not enticing, but the allu- sion to permanent alva beyond the unprepossessing plains was looked upon as full of promise. We remained there six days without venturing to leave, and it be- ing five days since we had drank anything our thirst was so great as to compel us to drink salt water, and several of us took such an excess of it that we lost suddenly five men. Reaching his post in 1he soon became the object of sinister intrigues on the part of his subordinates.

There is lack of firewood, but great abundance of mos- quitoes. Slaughtering and eating their remaining horses, they gathered the stirrups, spurs, horseshoes and other metal items.

Hear- ing this, I sent two Gaca with two In- dians to guide them to those people. Ezra rated it it was ok Nov 03, The pursuer dismounted also, and our people at- tacked them.


Comenatrios this, I asked him to give me a rope from his barge to be able to follow, but he answered that it was no small effort on their part alone to reach the shore on that night. Melchor Diaz ordered Cabeza to bring the natives back from the forests so that they would re-cultivate the land. I could no longer stand the life I was compelled to lead. The chief of that land offered all to the Governor and led him to his abode.

It will certainly be modified by the results of investigations in the coun- tries themselves, which I have not been and am not able to carry on myself. Though he found only the gravest hardship and poverty during his wanderings, he made his way back to Mexico in That is where thier adventure ended. Talk about a difficult read! The north wind that blew off shore freshened so much that it drove us back to the high sea, without our being able to do anything against it, and at about one-half league from shore we sound- ed and found no bottom even at thirty fath- oms.

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. Issuing from the timber, we met other Indian dwellings, where we saw two women and some boys, who were so frightened at the sight of us that they fled to the forest to call the men that were in the woods.

At alva the Indians were so startled, and there was such an uproar among them, that I verily believe if they had seen this at the beginning they would have killed them, and we all would have been in great danger. The outcome was a mod- erate “excitement” among the adventurous and the idle, and this excitement was ably taken advantage of by the Viceroy of New: