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After seven years, the expeditionaries finally come close to the Rio de las Palmas. For whatever reason, though, they turn away.
Despite their following, the expeditionaries realize they’re still as vulnerable as they had been back on the Galveston beach.
Fearing they might be bringing the evil they thought they were curing, the medicine men stop healing. Their decision makes things even worse.
Former masters arrive to check out the commotion over the expeditionaries, now medicine men. And they brought with them a test: a dead man.
The four new medicine men trusted, perhaps because they had to, that if the Indians were asking them to cure, it was in fact God asking them.
Cabeza de Vaca and the four expeditionaries make an escape during the prickly pear harvest and embarked on the first leg of their great pilgrimage.
Cabeza de Vaca, Castillo, Dorantes, and Estevan begin transforming themselves from abused slaves to esteemed medicine men.
The four expeditionaries encounter the peoples of South Texas and as they plot their escape, their plan is foiled.
Cabeza de Vaca reconnects with an astounded Andrés Dorantes, followed by Alonso Castillo and Esteban. For all four, the reunion validates their faith.
In 1532, Cabeza de Vaca heads south from Galveston Island with companion Lope de Oviedo, who ultimately decides it’s best to return.
Visit the Rivard Report every Monday and Thursday for new episodes of Cabeza de Vaca. And catch up on last week’s episode, Castaways, here.
Cabeza de Vaca reunites with some fellow Narváez expeditionaries and find their Native American and European immune systems aren’t ready for winter.