The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901

Vol. IV. JULY, 1900. No. 1.
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Part III B.
To understand how exaggerated stories were circulated among the
Spaniards in Mexico a few instances may suffice. 'Tello says: "In
this year, 1538, the Priest Fray Antonio de Ciudad Rodrigo sent
three religious teachers in some ships of the Marquis del Valle to a
land of which there was notice that it was inhabited and very rich.
They went and found the contrary, and on account of the Spaniards
not wanting to stay they returned; and then the same Fray Antonio
de Ciudad Rodrigo sent other religious teachers by land, who went
by the coast of the South Sea, and turned toward the north in com-
pany with a captain who was going also to discover new countries,
though with different objects. Having, then, traveled a long time,
they came to two roads, and the captain selected the one to the right
hand and in a few days journey encountered very rough -and steep
mountains, where he could not go forward, and he turned back, as
did one of the religious teachers on account of his being very ill. The
other religious teacher took the left hand, with two Indians he was
carrying with him for interpreters, and finding an open and con-
tinuous road, after a few days journey he came to a country inhabited
by people, who came out to receive him, believing him to be a thing

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