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[83] brought with us, and where we found rain-water. From the warmth of the fire the people recovered their faculties, and began somewhat to exert themselves.1 The day on which we arrived here was the 6th of November.

Ii.—Cabeza de Vaca saved by Indians.

After the people had eaten, I ordered Lope de Oviedo, who had more strength, and was stouter, than any of the rest, to go to some trees that were near, and, having climbed into one of them, to survey the country in which we were, and endeavor to get some knowledge of it. He did as I bade him, and made out that we were on an island. He saw that the ground was pawed up in the manner that the land is wont to be where cattle range; and hence it appeared to him that this should be the country of Christians, and thus he reported to us. I ordered him to return to examine much more particularly, and see if there were any roads in it that were worn, and without going far, because of the danger there might be. He went, and, coming to a path, he took it for the distance of half a league, and found some huts without any tenants, for the Indians

1 This strange incident of the revival of the men who seemed to have died may possibly have suggested to the poet Coleridge that passage in his ‘Ancient Mariner’ where the dead sailors rise up again:—

‘They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose,
     Nor spake, nor moved their eyes:
It had been strange, even in a dream,
     To see those dead men rise.’

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