By Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca
Cabeza de Vaca got here to the hot international in 1527 as a part of a Spanish excursion to beat the area north of the Gulf of Mexico. His exploration occasion misplaced touch with their ships, set out northward walking, and traveled, their numbers quickly diminished from three hundred to four, throughout Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northerly Mexico for the following 8 years. as well as being one of many nice real experience tales of all time, Cabeza de Vaca's account in their travels is an extraordinary resource of firsthand details at the pre-European Southwest--the number of its weather, its wildlife, the customs of its natives. They have been the 1st to work out the opossum and the buffalo, the Mississippi and the Pecos, pine-nut mash and mesquite-bean flour. This publication includes the 1st description in literature of a West Indies typhoon. "Cabeza de Vaca used to be not just a actual trailblazer: he was once additionally a literary pioneer, and he merits the excellence of being known as the Southwest's first writer.... The Relaci????n, whereas no longer fiction, possesses lots of the attributes of a superb novel."--William T. Pilkington
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Page 9 In the tradition of the landed gentry, Cabeza de Vaca turned to a military career while still in his teens. When about twenty-one, he marched in the army which King Ferdinand sent to aid Pope Julius II in 1511, and saw action in the Battle of Ravenna of 11 April 1512 in which 20,000 died. He served as ensign at Gaeta outside Naples before returning to Spain and to the service of the Duke of Medina Sidonia in 1513 in Seville, the metropolis of his home region. In the Duke's service, Cabeza de Vaca survived the Comuneros civil war (including the recapture of the Alcázar, 16 September 1520, from the Sevillian rebels), the battles of Tordesillas and Villalar, and finally, warfare against the French in Navarre.
Page 43 Chapter 9: The Ominous Note at Aute So we marched on for eight days, meeting no resistance until we came within a league of our immediate objective. Then, while we ambled along unsuspectingly, Indians surprised our rear. An hidalgo named Avellaneda, a member of the rearguard who had already passed the point of ambush when the attack broke, heard his servant-lad cry out and turned back to assist when, just at that moment, an arrow plunged almost all the way through his neck at the edge of his cuirass, so that he died presently.
The day after that, Indians from a village on the opposite side of the lake attacked us in the same way, escaping the same way, again losing a single man. We stayed 25 days [26, according to the Joint Report] in Apalachen, during which time we made three reconnaissances, finding the country sparsely populated and hard to get through because of swamps, woods, and lakes. The cacique, as well as the other Indians we had been holding, confirmed our own observations when we asked them about their country.