The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912 Page: 70
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tillo returned by the same route (rumbo)1 to the Villa of Santa
Fee, going up toward the North as far as is implied by saying from
twenty-eight to thirty-seven degrees and a distance of two hundred-
From the foregoing it is plain that Posadas considered the
Nueces River to be a stream whose middle course was several de-
grees of latitude south of Santa F6. That this was his under-
standing is evident also from other statements which he made in
the same report. He tells us that flowing eastward from Santa
F6, or, as he puts it in one place, east-one-fourth-south-cast, and
joined by a tributary from the north, there is a large stream called
the Rio Grande; and that rising northeastward from Pecos and
flowing southeast is the Nueces. "From the Noezes to this [Rio
Grande] in the direction of the north will be about one hundred
leagues." From the Nueces to La Junta he considered the dis-
tance eighty leagues,8 or only three-fourths of his estimate of the
distance from El Paso to La Junta, and only two-fifths of that
from La Junta to Santa FP. Again, in summing up he says,
"looking to the Southeast [from Santa Fe] one-fourth south we
shall find, two hundred leagues away, the junction of the Rio del
Norte and the Conchas . .. and looking directly (en linea
recta) to the southeast we shall find at a distance of two hundred
leagues, the Rio de las Noezes in the Aijados nation." In other,
words, as he understood it, this point on the Nueces River, which
was adjacent to the Jumano country, was just the same distance
southeast from Santa F6 as La Junta was southeast-south.4
It is thus seen that a close scrutiny of the principal source of'
information regarding the "Nueces River," seems to preclude its
identity with the Arkansas. It can now be shown on the strength
of positive evidence, partly drawn from the same document and
partly from other sources, that there are very strong reasons for
1He had previously stated that they had reached the Nueces by a route
(rumbo) different from that followed by Salas and Ortega in 1632. Ibid.,
2Posadas, op. cit., ff. 5-6. The italics are mine.
8Ibid., fol. 5.
I4bid., 2, 4-5; 9-10; 17.
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