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Within the course of the semester, we've read several interesting works. Through they might have been written at various points in history, by different people, a number of these stories share a frequent theme. Three such stories are "The Relation of Álvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca" by Cabeza de Vaca, "A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson" by Mary Rowlandson ad "Remarks Concerning the Savages" by Benjamin Franklin. These tales all shared a frequent theme of the writers' experiences and views of Native Americans. Moving chronologically, the first story to look at is "The Relations of Álvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca" by Cabeza de Vaca. Cabeza wrote this as a letter to Emperor Charles V who inherited the throne against Ferdinand and Isabella. In this narrative, Cabeza recounted his time spent among the natives of America. During his time in the area he traveled among several tribes such as the malhados that the Avavares and the Arbadaos. While staying with those tribes, he picked up on their habits and began to live much the exact same fashion among them. Cabeza learned how unpleasant matters could be while residing with the Malhados. He wrote many times about the shortage of food and supplies. In 1 passage, he wrote, "Three months out of each year they eat nothing but oysters and beverage very bad water. Wood is scarce; mosquitos, ample. The homes are made from mats; their flooring consist of masses of oyster shells. The natives sleeping on those cubes -- in animal skins, people who happen to own such. Many a time I would need to go three days without eating, as would the natives" (Vaca 31) He also noticed over just the absence of food and possessions. He made note of how in which the tribe mourns a loss, and also the way families interact with their own in-laws...