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Having lost many of their ships (and using rafts the men had improvised from logs, horse hides, palmetto and horse hair for ropes, and even their shirts for sails), and encountering troubles with the natives whenever they ventured ashore, they reached the Mobile area in the late fall of 1528. Short of fresh water, the party under Commander Cabeza de Vaca landed at Mobile Bay early in November. Cabeza de Vaca, who proved to be the historian of the expedition, gives here an "unvarnished, soldierly account" of what they went through: Continuing along the coast, we entered an estuary [Mobile Bay] where we saw a canoe of Indians coming toward us.

MM. Dartaguet and de Bienville, seeing that, according to the accounts given them by the savages, we should often be in danger of such floods, decided to move Fort Mobile. They choose a place where we had located the Chaqtos savagesat the cove on Baye de la Mobile, on the right. The savages whose grounds we were taking were given another place to live, two leagues below on our right side going down to the sea, on the bank of Riviere-aux-Chiens. M. Paillous, assistant adjutant, went with our officers to this place, where it had been decided to have the fort built.

The blocks are 50 toises square except those opposite the fort, which are 60 toises wide and 50 deep, and those nearest the river, which are 50 toises wide and 60 deep. The houses are constructed of cedar and pine upon a foundation of wooden stakes which project out of the ground one foot and might be called piling, because this soil is inundated, as you see marked on the plan, in certain localities, in times of rain. Some people use to support their houses stone which is kind of turf, very soft, and would be admirable for fine buildings.

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