Lost Trails

The Relation
of Alvar Nuñez Cabeça de Vaca

translated by T. Buckingham Smith

Relation that Alvar Nuñez Cabeça de Vaca gave of what befell the armament in the
Indies whither Pánfilo de Narváez went for Governor from the year 1527 to the year
1536 when with three comrades he returned and came to Sevilla.


Chapter 1
In which is told when the Armada sailed, and of the officers and persons who went in it.

Chapter 2
The coming of the Governor to the Port of Xagua and with a pilot.

Chapter 3
Our arrival in Florida.

Chapter 4
Our entrance into the country.

Chapter 5
The Governor leaves the ships.

Chapter 6
Our arrival at Apalachen.

Chapter 7
The character of the country.

Chapter 8
We go from Aute.

Chapter 9
We leave the Bay of Horses.

Chapter 10
The assault from the Indians.

Chapter 11
Of what befell Lope de Oviedo with the Indians.

Chapter 12
The Indians bring us food.

Chapter 13
We hear of other Christians.

Chapter 14
The departure of four Christians.

Chapter 15
What befell us among the people of Malhado.

Chapter 16
The Christians leave the island of Malhado.

Chapter 17
The coming of Indians with Andrés Dorantes, Castille, and Estevanico.

Chapter 18
The story Figueroa recounted from Esquivel.

Chapter 19
Our separation by the Indians.

Chapter 20
Of our escape.

Chapter 21
Our cure of some of the afflicted.

Chapter 22
The coming of other sick to us the next day.

Chapter 23
Of our departure after having eaten the dogs.

Chapter 24
Customs of the Indians of that country.

Chapter 25
Vigilance of the Indians in war.

Chapter 26
Of the nations and tongues.

Chapter 27
We moved away and were well received.

Chapter 28
Of another strange custom.

Chapter 29
The Indians plunder each other.

Chapter 30
The fashion of receiving us changes.

Chapter 31
Of our taking the way to the maize.

Chapter 32
The Indians give us the hearts of deer.

Chapter 33
We see traces of Christians.

Chapter 34
Of sending for the Christians.

Chapter 35
The chief alcalde receives us kindly the night we arrive.

Chapter 36
Of building churches in that land.

Chapter 37
Of what occurred when I wished to return.

Chapter 38
Of what became of the others who went to Indias.

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