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Smith, Buckingham -1871 Historian; born on Cumberland Island, Ga., Oct. 31, 1810; graduated at Cambridge Law School in 1836; elected to the Florida legislature; was secretary of the United States legation at Mexico in 1850-52, and at Madrid in 1855-58; and later settled in Florida, where he became a judge and a member of the State Senate. He made many important researches in Indian philology, Mexican history and antiquities, and early Spanish expeditions in North America. He aided Bancroft, Parkman, and Sparks in their researches, and published An inquiry into the authenticity of documents concerning a discovery of North America claimed to have been made by Verrazano. He died in New York City, Jan. 5, 1871.
Book IV: the strange voyage of Cabeza de Vaca. (A. D. 1528-1533.) These extracts are taken from The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca, translated by Buckingham Smith, Washington, 1851, pp. 30-99. See, also, Henry Kingsley's Tales of Old Travel. I.—The strange voyage. [Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca sailed for Florida in June, 1527, as treasurer of a Spanish armada, or armed fleet. In Cuba they encountered a hurricane, which delayed them; but they at last reached the coast of Florida in February, 1528, probably landing at what is now called Charlotte harbor. A portion of the party left their ships, and marched into the interior, reaching a region which they called Apalache, probably in what is now Alabama. Then they were driven back to the seashore, amid great hardships, losing one-third of their number before they reached Aute, now the Bay of St. Mark's. Near this they came to the sea; and here the narrative begins.] It was a piteous and painful thing to witness the perple
George Bancroft, History of the Colonization of the United States, Vol. 1, 17th edition., Chapter