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Vaca's Landing Site at Englewood, Florida

Cabeza de Vaca spent most of 1528 searching for food and shelter in Florida. Along with the Narvaez Army, he trudged from Englewood, their landing place, inland up the Gulf coast to Panama City, searching for their supply ships. Failing that, they coasted westward in crude barges headed for Mexico, Spain's nearest outpost on the continent. 15 days and 165 miles later (at 11 miles per day) at Dauphin Island, Alabama, they paused then entered Pascagoula, Mississippi, where natives attacked them at night. The army continued onward where two of the men escaped just before reaching Louisiana's north-easternmost Mississippi River Delta.

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