The Outbreak Of War: Cabeza De Vaca

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One spring day in 1528, five ships washed off the coast of present day Tampa Bay, Florida. The ships were crammed with over three hundred people. Diseased, starving and exhausted. Cabeza de Vaca set sail from Seville, Spain for the Americas in June 1527, in an expedition led by Panfilo de Navarez with a large army of over three hundred soldiers crammed into five small Spanish ships. Cabeza de Vaca was second in command of the expedition, and was the official treasurer. The group had one common goal, to establish a settlement across the Gulf of Mexico, as well as spreading the word of God, prosper in wealth, and also receive fame and glory. They traveled westward and eventually landed near present day Tampa Bay, Florida, in the spring of 1528.

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