Walter Malone Hernando De Soto

ISBN 13: 9780217000154

Hernando De Soto

 
9780217000154: Hernando De Soto
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1914 Excerpt: ... BOOK XVI De Soto's Narrative continued--On the coast of Florida--The Flamingo Island--The finding of the fugitive, Nimble Foot--He tells of his mission from the Queen of Cofachiqui--He is treacherously attacked by the Chieftain, Vitachuco, and his two companions are murdered--He then makes his escape--He is befriended by Vasconcelos, and joins De Soto's band--The swamps of Florida--Crossing the morasses--Ambuscades of the natives--Discontent among the soldiers--They beg De Soto to return--He refuses--His argument with Gaytun, the royal treasurer--The plots of Vitachuco--The Battle of the Lakes--Vitachuco is captured--Combat with swimmers among the water lilies--Uprising of the captives--Vitachuco and his followers are slain. UPON the shore, some wary savages Ran here and there; or, hiding stealthily, And peeping through the tangled boughs and vines, They spied our ships at anchor like a flock Of great white sea-fowl lifting monstrous wings: Well knew we how that ominous sight they rued! Fresh water being needed, there uprose A hoary pilot, who in bygone years Had sailed these waters, and he sought me, saying, "Look out to sea: upon yon little isle Dim in the distance, flow abundant springs, With water sweet and clear." Heeding his words, I took a pinnace with our water-casks, And westward sailed. Only Vasconcelos And a small crew were with me. In three hours We reached the island; quickly there we brimmed Our empty vessels. Further out to sea, Still dim in distance, rose another isle, A little speck upon the ocean waste. Above it soared a swarm of water-fowl, So far, a tiny cloud of gnats it seemed. Then curious to explore this far-off key, I pointed westward, to the oarsmen crying, "Come, row me to yon little isle." With speed Their oars they plied, obeyin...

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Malone founded the Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky which he continues to pastor. He has developed a rites of passage ministry for African American children called A.L.I.V.E. He is an instructor, lecturer, scholar, and author.

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