The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 20
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20 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Aztlan may have been much farther north. ,Therefore, this degres-
sion may be ended with the suggestion that a comparison of the
tongues of the tribes found in high latitudes west of the Mississippi
with the Nahuatl, critically made by competent scholars, might
develop many signs of kinship and cast some light upon the question
of the true locality of Aztlan and Tecoloaean.
While it is believed that there is not sufficient similarity between
the Mobilian and N'ahuatl to prove that either sprang from the
other, it seems that the -Otomitl and the Creek or Muscogee are
similar in some particulars.
It has already appeared that the greater portion of the early
tribes found in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon were of the Nahoa
family, ,and that they extended as, far south -as the Sierra Gorda.
Those Oabeza de Vaca found at the end of the third day's journey
after crossing the first large river, and who, were lighter colored
than any he had seen before, were of the Nahoa family land so were
those at the foot of the mountain where he spent two nights. If
he followed the route indicated in the second part of this paper, he
passed, through the Hualahuises, ,who were also of the same family.
Those of Tanzocob were also of such family, and from there up
the Bagres to Santa Maria Adel Rio he must have met Nahoas and
Otomies and Tarascos who had also mixed with and learned the
Nahuatl. 'The Liguaces on the right margin of the Bravo being
of the Nahoa family, then if the Iguaces between the Bravo and the
Gulf were the same tribe, with their name written by Cabeza de
Vaca without the L they were also of the Naho-a family; and the
principal Indian tongue Cabeza de Vaca had learned must have been
Nahuatl, by ,means of which he was ,able to converse with all the
tribes of Nahuatlacas he met on his route.
So if Cabeza de Vaca and his companions could understand the
tribes of the Naho-a family, or, in other words, if they had learned
a Nahuatl dialect, they 'were thereby enabled to converse 'with tribes
found ,along the route designated from Jamaica Crossing on the
Bravo to the Cerro de Gigante, 'where they found the town on the
point of the mountain, whose people accompanied them to where
they met Alearaz. And they not only used ,a dialect serving such
purpose, but in speaking of the tongue with which they and the
Indians understood each other, Cabeza de Vaca says: "Which, for
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