Spider Rock
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Conquistador gone wrong, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca tells us about life in the 1530's in the American Southwest. He vividly describes his time spent with the Mariames and Yaguces tribes. These people lived in what we now know as southwestern Texas. He said, “They take life , destroying even their male children on account of dreams.” He said that he had witnessed the killing of eleven or twelve boys on account of dreams. He continued, "To marry, men buy wives from their enemies, the price of a wife being the best bow that can be got, together with two arrows or, should the suitor happen to have no bow, a net a fathom square. Couples kill their own male children and buy those of strangers. A marriage lasts no longer than suits the parties.”