Cabeza de Vaca:A Story of Survival
This was Cabeza's route through Texas to Mexico City
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Thesis Statement Cabeza de Vaca survived being shipwrecked on the Texas coast by becoming friends with the Native Americans, having good survival and leadership skills.
Survival Skills Cabeza de Vaca survived being shipwrecked on Galveston Island by having good survival skills such as eating whatever he could he find for example rats, berries and lizards. To keep from being thirsty he carried water in a canteen made from a hollowed out horse leg skin. He also learned how to communicate with the Native Americans he met while walking about 3,000 miles to Mexico City.
Trust of the Native Americans Cabeza de Vaca gained the trust of the Charruco Indians by saving the Chief's life.He did this by removing an arrow head from his chest.After this Cabeza de Vaca became a shaman and was allowed to travel to other tribes to heal and trade with them.Traveling to other tribes gave him the chance to escape and go to Mexico City.Joined by other castawys and hundreds of Indians, Cabeza de Vaca finally arrived in Mexico City in 1534, with the help of the Indians and his survival skills.
Leadership Skills Cabeza de Vaca showed his survival skills as a leader by being in charge of one of the five rafts, built by the survivors of the Narvarez expedition. As the leader, he had to tell the others when to eat, sleep or drink water and choose the direction they needed to row in.Later,after being held captive for seven years by the Native Americans,he coordinated his escape with three other survivors and began his march to Mexico City and safety.While on the march,Cabeza de Vaca and his fellow survivors were joined by hundreds of Native Americans, who trusted Cabeza de Vaca to protect and guide them to Mexico City.
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