Explorer; born in Valladolid, Spain
, about 1478; went to Santo Domingo
in 1501, and thence to Cuba
, where he was the chief lieutenant
, the governor.
carrying matters with a high hand in Mexico
was sent by Velasquez
to supersede him, but was defeated, lost an eye, and was held a prisoner by Cortez
On his release Narvaez
returned to Spain
, and in June, 1527, sailed from San Lucar, by authority of the King
, with 600 men in five vessels, commanded to conquer Florida
and govern it. After long detention at Santo Domingo
, he sailed for Florida
with 400 men and eighty horses, accompanied by Cabeza De Vaca
(q. v.) as treasurer of the expedition, who was to be deputy-governor.
They landed at Tampa Bay
on April 13, 1528, where Narvaez
raised the standard of Spain
and took possession of the country in the name of its King
, and his officers took the oath of allegiance to him as governor.
Instead of treating the native inhabitants kindly, and winning their friendship and an easy conquest, Narvaez
followed the example of his countrymen in Santo Domingo
He marched into the interior with high hopes, directing his vessels to sail along the coasts.
He pressed forward in daily expectation of finding some city sparkling with wealth.
All before him were creations of imagination, all behind him were gloomy disappointments.
Treachery met his cruelty at every step.
Compelled to fight foes and failing to find gold, Narvaez
turned towards the sea—the Gulf of Mexico
—and at the mouth of the Apalachicola
, failing to find his ships, he caused frail boats to be built, embarked with his followers, and coasted towards the mouth of the Mississippi
One by one his followers died from starvation, and finally a “norther” struck and dispersed the flotilla.
was never heard of afterwards.
The boat that carried De Vaca
stranded on an island, where they were kindly treated by the natives.
was the only Spaniard
of the expedition who returned to Spain