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Route of Cabeza de Vaca. 5
Not only the great majority of the Spanish people, but Charles
V himself held in highest esteem whatever such holy men might re-
port; and no one was better informed of this fact than Mendoza, who,
with this confirmation by Fray Marcos die Niza, deemed the story of
such wonderful countries an unquestionable basis for asking permis-
sion and aid from the king to make the expedition to and conquest of
Marata, 'Acuz, land Tonteac, 'and the Seven Cities of Sibola and Qui-
vira, especially when he had not failed to shape the latter part of
Cabeza de Vaca's relation in anticipation of the success of the labors
of such holy fathers in that direction. And it is not strange that
Cort6s should pronounce the whole story of Fray Niza a fabrication
based upon information obtained from some of his Indians.
Francisco Lopez de Gomara says: "Fernando CortBs and Don
Antonio de Mendoza desired to. make entrance into and conquest of
that land of Sibola, each one by himself and for himself; Don An-
tonio as viceroy of New Spain, and CortBs as captain general and dis-
coverer of the South Sea. 'They attempted to join in order to do it
by concert of action; but having no confidence in each other, they
quarreled, and Cortes came to Spain, and Don Antonio sent out
Francisco Vasquez de 'Coronado, a native 'of Salamanca, with a good
army of 'Spaniards and Indians and four hundred horses."4
'This 'shows that Mendoza was striving to get control of and make
the expedition to Sibola; and had Cabeza de Vaca stated in his rela-
tion to the king that he ,came to Jalisco and there first met Alcaraz,
Diaz, and Chirinos, that would not have aided the scheme for an
expedition to. the north from Culiacan. But being sent by M'endoza
to inform the king of the country discovered, he must have been re-
quired to state that he came out at Culi.acan. For, as Zamacois says,
of the arrival of Cabeza de Vaca and his companions at Mexico:
"The viceroy Mendoza treated them with much amiability; and on
listening to the seductive relation they made to him of the rich
country of Quivira, he proposed to send in the future an expedition
to add that flourishing realm to the crown of Castile. In order to
put in operation his enterprise, he told them they should form a plan
of the territories that they had traversed in their long peregrination.
Cabeza de Vaca and his companions obeyed the desire of the viceroy,
4Historia de las Indias, Part I. Tit. Sibola.
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