The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 12
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on the river and, perhaps, recognizing the country may have fled to
his native country or home.
After the fighting with the Indians of Cuitzeo river, Guzman, still
having an idea of what his lost guide had said about the route to the
Seven 'Cities, sent Pedro Almendez ,Chirinos toward the north in
order to 'ascertain whether the course he first intended to take was
correct. After going as far north as Chichimequillas, now Los Lagos,
and into the Sierra Gorda, 'and not finding any way out toward the
North sea or Gulf, Chirinos came out to the west again, and, taking
the advice -of the Zacatecan cacique, continued his march northward
to the present site of Zacatecas, and there turned back across the
country to reunite with Guzman's column. But had he taken the
route from where he came back out of Sierra Gorda to the northeast,
now pursued to where .San Luis Potosi is, and thence out by Catorce
to where Ventura now is, 'and there turned toward the Gulf, he
might have found many Indian settlements and very high moun-
tains, notably Cerro, Potosi and Cerro Pablillo, and might have found
the Seven Cities referred to by 'Tejo in the region now embracing
Raices, Iturbide, Galeana, Hualahuises, Linares, Raiones, and Mon-
temorelos. But pursuing the northerly direction, nowhere would he
have found the locality now claimed for the Seven Cities between
him -and the Gulf, or, as it was then called, la Mar del Norte. So
Tejo may have meant the region round Cerro Potosi; and when a
small boy he may have gone up there with his father from Tanzocob
or Tancanhuitz ; the distance seeming to him to be great, -on .account
of his youth. If he went from Tanzocob up by Valle de Maiz, and
up the plain by Mier y Noregas to Galeana, he would have found
scarcity of vegetation, except short grass (yerba).
Whatever may have been Tejo's native place, he may have ob-
served his master's greed for gold and silver when he was robbing
the sepulchres of the caciques round Panuco of their contents, and
added the story of the abundance of precious metals to please Guz-
man's fancy, until he could find ,an opportunity to abscond and make
his way to his tribal kindred., But however this may be, he ante-
dated Cabeza de Vaca in having told of the Seven Cities, and may
have been the author of the story which excited Guzman and the
people o f Mexico to go in search of Sibola.
'There is in the fact of this Indian being called a Tejo, or Texo
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