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distance from the mouth of the Mississippi the sea is not salt, so great is the volume of fresh water which the river discharges.
Following, for the most part, the coast, it was more than fifty days before the men, who finally escaped, now no more than three hundred and eleven in number, on the tenth of September entered
Sept. 10. the River Panuco.
On Soto's expedition, by far the best account is that of the Portuguese Eye-witness, first published in 1557, and by Hakluyt, in English, in 1609.
In the history of Vega, numbers and distances are magnified, and every thing embellished; it must be consulted with extreme caution.
Buckingham Smith, in his Coleccion para la Historia de la Florida, has published the original in Spanish of the report of Luis Hernandez de Biedma, of which there is a French translation in Ternaux-Compans, XX. 81.
Of books published in America, compare Belknap, in Am. Biog.
i. 185—195; McCulloh, Researches, Appendix, III. 523—531; Nuttall, in his Travels i