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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 4 (search)
hey had made for our reception. They were all seated with their faces turned to the wall, their heads down, and the hair brought before their eyes, and their property placed in a heap in the middle of their houses. From this place forward they began to give us many blankets of skin, and they had nothing that they did not give to us. They have the finest persons of any that we saw, and of the greatest activity and strength, and [were those] who best understood us, and intelligently answered our inquiries. We called them los de las vacas, the cow nation, because most of the cattle that are killed are destroyed in their neighborhood; and along up that river over fifty leagues they kill great numbers. [Cabeza de Vaca crossed the Mississippi, or passed its mouth, many years before De Soto reached it. Having finally arrived at the city of Mexico, he was sent home to Europe, and reached Lisbon Aug. 15, 1537. His later adventures will be found in Southey's Hist. of Brazil, chap. v.]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 6 (search)
Book VI: the adventures of de Soto. (A. D. 1538-1542.) These extracts are taken from The W9, of a narrative by one of the companions of De Soto, first published in 1557. I.—how de Soto de Soto set sail. Captain Soto was the son of a squire of Xerez of Badajos. He went into the Spanish Inhe gathered an hundred and fourscore ducats De Soto. together, with that which fell to his part,hots of the ordnance to be discharged. Ii.—De Soto attacks the Indians, and finds a fellow-countt. An arrow, where it findeth no Landing of de Soto armor, pierceth as deeply as a crossbow. Thee Gallegos, as I have declared before. Iv.—De Soto discovers the Mississippi. The next day, w of Spain, as hereafter shall be shown. V.—De Soto's vain attempts to reach the sea. That days in the rivers. VI.—Death and burial of de Soto. The next day, being the 21st of May, 1542ch had saved his life. [After the death of De Soto, his companions descended the Mississippi