a journey through texas

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A
Journey
Through
Texas
 Alvar
Nunez
Cabeza
de
Vaca
 De
Vaca
and
his
three
countrymen
wandered
for
months
through
Texas
as
they
journeyed
toward
the
Spanish
settlement
in
 Mexico
City.

In
the
course
of
his
travels,
de
Vaca
healed
a
Native
American
by
performing
the
first
recorded
surgery
in
 Texas.

His
resulting
fame
attracted
so
many
followers
that
de
Vaca
noted
in
his
journal
that
“the
number
of
our
 companions became
so
large
that
we
could
no
longer
control
them.”

As
they
continued
traveling
westward,
the
group
was
 well received
by
the
natives
they
encountered.
 The
same
Indians
led
us
to
a
plain
beyond
the
chain
of
mountains,
where
people
came
to
meet
us
 from a
long
distance.
By
those
we
were
treated
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Angered
by
this
act
of
cruelty,
I
took
them
to
task
for
it,
and
they
said
it
was
done
to
punish
the
child
 for having
wept
in
my
presence.
Their
apprehensions
caused
the
others
that
came
to
see
us
to
give
 us what
they
had,
since
they
knew
that
we
did
not
take
anything
for
ourselves,
but
left
it
all
to
the
 Indians.
 
 Those
were
the
most
docile
people
we
met
in
the
country,
of
the
best
complexion,
and
on
the
whole
 well built.
 The
sick
being
on
the
way
of
recovery,
when
we
had
been
there
already
three
days,
the
women
 whom we
had
sent
out
returned,
saying
that
they
had
met
very
few
people,
nearly
all
having
gone
 after the
cows,
as
it
was
the
season.
So
we
ordered
those
who
had
been
sick
to
remain,
and
those
 who were
well
to
accompany
us,
and
that,
two
days'
travel
from
there,
the
same
women
should
go
 with us
and
get
people
to
come
to
meet
us
on
the
trail
for
our
reception.
 The
next
morning
all
those
who
were
strong
enough
came
along,
and
at
the
end
of
three
journeys
 we halted.
Alonso
del
Castillo
and
Estevanico,
the
negro,
left
with
the
women
as
guides,
and
the
 woman who
was
a
captive
took
them
to
a
river
that
flows
between
mountains,
where
there
was
a
 village, in
which
her
father
lived,
and
these
were
the
first
abodes
we
saw
that
were
like
unto
real
 houses. Castillo
and
Estevanico
went
to
these
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