The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 7
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Route of Cabeza de Vaca.
Cort6s from Santiago in Colima was seized and tortured, in the hope
of procuring from him information about the plans -of Cortes."7
Mendoza was eager for the glory of adding the territories to. be
conquered to the crown; and he was active in combining reports to
influence his royal majesty not only to permit him to set on foot the
expedition, but to expend large sums of his own wealth to insure its
success. "Money was advanced from the royal chest to any who had
debts to pay before they could depart, and provisions were made for
the support of those who. were about to be left behind by fathers,
brothers, or husbands. Arms and military supplies had been among
the things greatly needed in New Spain when Mendoza reported its
condition in his first letters to the home government. In 1537 he
repeated his request for these supplies with increased insistence."
The subject is not .again mentioned in his letters, and we may fairly
suppose that he had received the weapons and munitions of war,
fresh from the royal arsenals of Spain, with which he equipped the
expedition on whose success he had staked so much."
This increased insistence being in 1537, it was before Fray Niza
was sent out, -and possibly before Cabeza de Vaca left New Spain, as
he did not get off until April, 1537 ;9 and he may have borne the
communication to the king, delivering it .after arriving in the port of
Lisbon on the 9th day of August, 1537. Indeed, it ,may have been
included in the commission given them by the viceroy a few days
before they embarked at Vera Cruz.
This shows only a detached portion of a plan to influence his royal
majesty to approve and aid in putting on foot the proposed expedi-
tion. It is a clearly defined foot print of the infatuated viceroy's
scheme, and cannot be attributed to any other cause, after the
monster elephant ,and its trail through the mountains has been seen
and made familiar to the readers of history.
Though 'Coronado's confirmation was not signed till April 18,
1539, it seems he was already in New Galicia arranging the admin-
istration and' other affairs of his government, and "entertained Fray
Marcos when the latter passed through his province in the spring of
'Fourteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology, 1892-93, Pant I,
p. 369, end note 2 thereon.
'Ibid., p. 378.
sNaufragios, Cap. XXXVII.
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