a journey through texas Essay

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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
in
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They
 entreated us
not
to
be
angry
any
longer,
because,
even
if
it
was
their
death,
they
would
take
us
 where we
chose.
We
feigned
to
be
angry
still,
so
as
to
keep
them
in
suspense,
and
then
a
singular
 thing happened.
 On
that
same
day
many
fell
sick,
and
on
the
next
day
eight
of
them
died!
All
over
the
country,
where
 it was
known,
they
became
so
afraid
that
it
seemed
as
if
the
mere
sight
of
us
would
kill
them.
They
 besought us
not
to
be
angry
nor
to
procure
the
death
of
any
more
of
their
number,
for
they
were
 convinced that
we
killed
them
by
merely
thinking
of
it.
In
truth,
we
were
very
much
concerned
 about it,
for,
seeing
the
great
mortality,
we
dreaded
that
all
of
them
might
die
or
forsake
us
in
their
 terror, while
those
further
on,
upon
learning
of
it,
would
get
out
of
our
way
hereafter.
We
prayed
to

God
our
Lord
to
assist
us,
and
the
sick
began
to
get
well.
Then
we
saw
something
that
astonished
us
 very much,
and
it
was
that,
while
the
parents,
brothers
and
wives
of
the
dead
had
shown
deep
grief
 at their
illness,
from
the
moment
they
died
the
survivors
made
no
demonstration
whatsoever,
and
 showed not
the
slightest
feeling;
nor
did
they
dare
to
go
near
the
bodies
until
we
ordered
their
 burial. In
more
than
fifteen
days
that
we
remained
with
them
we

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