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 -  On this, Gabota thought it more prudent to return to his fort,
after having penetrated 200 leagues or 800 miles - Page 120
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On This, Gabota Thought It More Prudent To Return To His Fort, After Having Penetrated 200 Leagues Or 800 Miles Up This River.

He took on board the people he had left at the fort, and returning to the ships at the bar, sailed back to Seville in 1530.

He reported that the Rio Plata was navigable for a great way, and that it rises from a lake named _Bombo_[60] in the kingdom of Peru, whence, flowing through the valleys of Xauxa, it receives the rivers Parso, Bulcasban, Cay, Parima, Hiacax, and several others, by which its waters are greatly increased. It is also said that the river of San Francesco comes from the same lake, which likewise is very great; because rivers that flow from lakes are larger than those which proceed from springs.

In the year 1527, Panfilo de Narvaez sailed from St Lucar de Barameda with five ships, having 600 soldiers, 100 horses, and great abundance of provisions, ammunition, and all other necessaries, to take possession of Florida, as far as the river Palmas, of which he was appointed governor. Not being able to land at the place he wished, he went on shore with 300 of his soldiers, some horses, and a supply of provisions, nearer Cape Florida, ordering the ships to proceed to the river Palmas, in which voyage they were nearly all lost Those who escaped shipwreck, suffered extreme hardships from hunger and thirst on a dry barren island, called Xamo by the natives, and which the Spaniards named _Malhada_. In this island they were attacked by the natives, and many, both of the Spaniards and natives, were slain.

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