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Cabeza de Vaca shipwrecked on Last Island, Louisiana

Cabeza de Vaca sailed westward along Louisiana in late 1528, passing by the Mississippi River by 85 miles to Last Island, LA where he wrecked (not 360 miles to Galveston, Texas, as historians have surmised). Many of his companions would perish but he and fourteen others would survive to spend six years on or near their "Isle of Ill-Fate." Allowed to roam inland, he was intrusted to native villagers who respected his healing and trading abilities. In late 1534 he and three others escaped to Texas then later through New Mexico and Arizona to Mexico City on July 24th, 1536.


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