VI.—Death and burial of de Soto.
The next day, being the 21st of May, 1542, departed out of this life the valorous, virtuous, and valiant captain, Don Ferdinando de Soto
, governor of Cuba
, and adelantado
, whom fortune advanced, as it used to do others, that he might have the higher fall.
He departed in such a place and at such a time, as [that] in his sickness he had but little comfort; and the danger wherein all his people were of perishing in that country, which appeared before their eyes, was cause sufficient why every one of them had need of comfort, and why they did not visit nor accompany him as they ought to have done.
Luys de Moscoso
determined to conceal his death from the Indians, because Ferdinando de Soto
had made them believe that the Christians were immortal, and also because they took him to be hardy, wise, and valiant; and, if they should know that he was dead, they would be bold to set upon1
the Christians, though they lived peaceably by them.
In regard to their disposition, and because they were nothing constant, and believed all that was told them, the adelantado
made them believe that he knew some things that passed in secret among themselves, without their knowledge how or in what manner he came by them; and that the figure which appeared in a glass2
which he showed them did tell him whatsoever they practised and went about; and therefore neither in word nor deed durst they attempt any thing that might be prejudicial unto him.