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Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

History's Impact

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Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca had a small, but important impact on history.

When de Vaca's fleet landed on an island inhabited by Indians, they treated them really well, unlike most other conquistadors would have.  They also did another very respectful thing, they learned the natives' language instead of treating them like they weren't as smart as the Spaniards because they didn't know Spanish.  This earned them more respect and kept them from a possible war in the future.  He charted many lands and contributed to future conquests.  He also claimed land near present day Tampa Bay.