The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 25
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Route of abeza de Vaca.
that he was south of that river when he made this turn to go inland,
and that he was still in the prickly pear region where, he got the
first buffalo skins, and inland from Pamoranes. And he had gone
there from the Avavares after the prickly pear leaves and green
fruit were large enough to be broiled and eaten. He accounts for
eight days' journey and then fifty leagues more, say eight days
more, and then one day over the iron mountain, say seventeen days'
journey from where he crossed the first great river to. where he ate
the prickly pears and piiones and received the first buffalo skins.
If these journeys had been from the Pamoranes northward, he would
have recrossed the Bravo and have been in middle Texas, and it
would have been about the tenth of March; and had he continued to
travel in the direction of the great ravine near the Point of Rocks
in Colorado on 'the ,old Santa Fe road, he would possibly have
reached there in April after the time he claims to. have met Alcaraz
on the Pacific coast. 'But during this time he would not have eaten
any prickly pears on such route; but on it, at that time of year, he
would have found vast herds of buffalo beginning to go, northward,
while he does not mention seeing *a buffalo, after leaving the
Avavares. He 'would have encountered snow on his way farther
north in going to the Point of Rocks, if he reached that place by the
first of April, though it is a thousand miles from Culiacan, where
he claims to have arrived in April; and as he makes no. mention of
seeing snow after reaching Mal-Hado on the 6th of November, 1528,
until he reached the City of Mexico, it may be fairly presumed he
died not encounter it on his march after leaving the Avavares; for
he does not -even mention any cold weather after that, though he
complains of a cold snap during the five days he was separated from
them and his companions.
Without examining any other part of Coronado's route, the great
ravine may be located from the account of his marches from Cicuye
to it. The army "proceeding toward the plains, which are all on
the other side of the mountains, after four days' journey they came
to a river with 'a large, deep current, which flowed toward Cicuye,
and they named this the Cicuye river."40
4"Mr. Winship's note 1 as to .this is "The Rio Peeois." See Fourteenth
Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology, Part I, p. 504.
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