The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 14
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by natural selection made where history first finds them, the aston-
ishing bound from the monkey to the man: 'That they existed there
will suffice for this part of the examination of Cabeza de Vaca's
route, and such fact is patent from the parts of such families being
in the country through which he passed even till the present day,
with a family tongue as he notes.
'The continuous emigrations of the Nahoas toward the south and
of the Mayas toward the north, each as far as the central part occu-
pied by the Otomies, caused the confusion of races and families,
mixing the language -and mutually changing religions and forms of
worship, though always preserving enough of the original tongue
of each people to serve as -a common medium through which the dif-
ferent detached tribes could communicate their thoughts to each
other. And it has been already shown that many of the tribes from
the Bravo to Sierra Gorda were of the Nahoa family, whose emigra-
tions toward the south, or centre of -the country, brought them in
contact there with the Otomi family and the Tarasco branch of it
that found the powerful kingdom of Michoacan, of which the un-
fortunate king who was tortured and put to death by Guzman was
the aotual native ruler, .and whose ,ancient realm embraced Jacona
and all of Pedro Almende'z Chirinos's encomienda.
In his volume on the State of Mexico, Velasco says, the inhabit-
ants of the district of Jilotepec speak Spanish, the Mexican, and
the Otomitl, and says the same of seven other districts of 'the State.
He says the people of the district of Chalco de Diaz Covarrubias
speak Spanish, Mexican, Nahuatl, and Obomitl; those of the district
of Ixtlahuaca de Raion speak Spanish, Otomitl, and Mazahuatl;
and the same is said of the district of Valle de Bravo. He says the
people of the district of Toluca de Laredo speak Spanish, Mexican,
Nahuatl, and Otomitl; and those of the district of Sultepec de Al-
quiseras speak Spanish, Mexican, and Nahuatl.19 He also says the
State has a population of 798,480; 51,199 whites, 287,056 mixed,
and 460,225 Indians.20 1So the Nahuatl or Nahoa tongue is spoken
today in three of the largest districts 'of the State of Mexico, which
is bounded on the west by Michoacan, the home of the Tarascos, and
"9See pages 55-150.
"2Ibid., p. 157.
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