The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 11
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Route of Cabeza de Vaca.
said was to be crossed toward the North sea, in this way getting to
the country which they were looking for which was already named
'The .Seven Cities.' "17
This shows that the name was already in Mexico. long before
Cabeza de Vaca arrived there; and it is fair to presume that its
being reported that he had seen or even heard of the Seven Cities
was merely to add force to the general design.
Did the expression towards the North Sea, used by Castafieda,
mean towards the Gulf of Mexico, which the Spaniards of New
Spain call la Mar del Norte, or did it mean towards the north pole?
The former seems to be the meaning of the words used.
Having gone to the crossing of the river coming from 'Toluca,
Guzman intended to march northward from there; but -the murmur-
ing in his camp about the route caused him to order the two Indians
he took from Mexico to be brought before him, but only one was
found. When they brought him before Nufio de Guzman, he asked
him for his companion, and he did not know what to say, nor what
had become of the other. When asked whether he did not know
there was nothing on the route they had proposed to take with the
army, he simply replied that his companion knew better than he did.
Then it was 'that Guzman called to him certain caciques of Jacona,
who gave him information of the river of Cuitzeo and its settlements,
as well as of the valley -of Cuina. Hearing such good news and be-
lieving the same, he called his captains, and when together, he told
them that they 'and all the army were lost, and 'that it was his fault
in being guided by two Indians, and on that account he had called
them together, and it was then determined to take the route to the
west down the river 'toward the territory of Francisco Cort6s.18
It does not appear affirmatively that the missing Indian guide
was Tejo, but it may fairly be presumed to have been he. He is
stated to have been a native of Valle o.r Valles de Oxitipar, the local-
ity of which is not stated; but if it was the Valles, first known as
Tanzocob, Guzman may have obtained him at P.nuco, where he was
governor before going to Mexico. And Tejo once getting out there
TFourteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology, Part I, pp. 472-
473, sand ,original Spanish, pp. 416-417.
"Tello, Cap. XXVIII.
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