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The Journey of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca…

The Journey of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and His Companions from Florida…

by Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca

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a black slave) endured incredible hardships. Cabeza da Vaca was (1) accompanied by an entourage of friendly natives. At each stop (1) along with three other survivors (1) and the present reading is based on Fanny Bandelier’s English translation of that text. Cabeza de Vaca (1) and those who did not know me would desire and endeavor to meet me for sake of my fame.” Cabeza de Vaca’s “fame” soon grew to include a reputation as a healer. In return for his “cures (1) and who walked on foot across the plains to the Pacific Coast (1) arriving in Mexico in 1536. In 1542 he published an account of his adventures (1) at first enslaved by the Indians (1) bartering “seashells and cockles” from the coast for hides (1) Cabeza de Vaca had a hard time adjusting to “civilization.” He writes that the Spanish governor in Mexico “received us very well (1) Cabeza de Vaca saw to it that the food and presents he received were distributed to his followers by their chiefs (1) cast ashore near present day (USA) Tampa Bay (1) Few stories of shipwreck and survival can equal that of the 16th century Spaniard Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca who (1) Flint (1) Florida (1) for us to dress in; but for many days I could bear no clothing (1) forced to dig roots with his bare hands for food. However (1) giving us what he had (1) he soon showed powers of adaptation that allowed him to survive. He became a trader (1) Himself (1) in 1528 (1) often in perilously short supply. The success of the survivors’ final overland treck in search of Spanish settlement reflected their comprehension of Indian customs and values. They were passed along from one tribe to another (1) red ochre (1) survived eight years of hand-to-mouth existence among the Indians of the South and Southwest (1) thus ensuring their loyalty. After eight years among the Indians (1) two Spaniards and a North African (Estévanico (1) “because it gave me liberty to go where I pleased.” The Indians “rejoiced greatly when seeing me and I would bring them what they needed (1) ” he writes (1) ” the Indians gave him “all that they had (1) ” which included food (1)



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