ADVENTURES IN THE UNKNOWN INTERIOR OF AMERICA
NOTES TO THE CHAPTERS by Mark D. Lacy
This Satellite Image shows the Texas Gulf Coast where Cabeza de Vaca lived among indigenous groups. Note that the rivers do not carry the large volume of sediment found in Louisiana rivers. These rivers were not as difficult to cross, but water became more scarce as the Spaniards tried to find their way west.
Galveston Bay and Matagorda Bay are prominently featured on the upper Texas Gulf Coast. The entire inland southern borber of modern Texas is defined by the Rio Grande, thought to be the River of Palms in historic Spanish accounts.
Read chapters for the next section "Into the Interior."
1) The Americas
2) Ashore in Florida
3) Back to the Seas
4) Stranded on Galveston
5) Into the Interior
Get more information and interesting viewpoints from: Donald E. Sheppard and PBS, Perspectives on the West (Go to "Events in the West" and click on "Show Contents" to get a timeline).