The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 188
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to the present site of Ocampo on the left margin of the south fork
of the Tamesi, and thence to Comandante between and near the
junction of the two forks of that river, and that they there crossed
the southern branch of it, which is quite a river there, and its water
may well have been breast deep. So it fills the description of the
third great river beyond which the people began to suffer from the
great hunger and labors they endured in those .mountains. Their
route from this river to the prairies at the end of the mountains was
southward between the Tamesi and the mountains, and possibly to
near where Limon is now. There they met the people who came
from afar off, and gave so many things to those accompanying the
Spaniards that they left half of them on account of being unable
to carry them. And there the Spaniards told these people they
desired to go towards the sunset, and were informed that in that
direction the people were very far away.26 And from there they
sent forward the two women to look for people, and followed them
to a point agreed upon to await their return, which may have been
on the little stream putting in above the present site of Tamatan.
Here the Spaniards told the Indians to take them towards the north,
and were told that in that direction there were no people except
H-ere the circumstances must be considered to determine whether
by "towards the north" they meant in a northerly direction, or
meant the direction of the Gulf, which they called the Sea -of the
North. Further on Cabeza de Vaca says they would not follow the
road of the cows because it was toward the north, which was for
them a very great round-about way, because they always held it for
certain that, going to the sunset, they would have to find what they
desired.28 Did they not desire to find Spanish settlements? Though
the settlements at Panuco might have been broken up, they were
confident they would find a land of Christians round the City of
Mexico, which they knew to be inland. If they did not desire to
go northward on the cow road, but -did wish to be taken towards the
north by the Indians, then in the first instance they must have meant
toward the north pole, as that was the direction the road to the cows
"'Naufragios, Cap. XXX.
2"Ibid., Cap. XXXI.
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