The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 64
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
hidden farther away. And so they gathered most of those who
had scattered, and there were altogether more than four hundred
persons of these scattered ones, besides those other Indians who
had come with the Christians.
The Treasurer, Cabeza de Vaca, marched all that day until
night on the trail of the Christians, and the next day came to
where they were halted in a camp near a river, without knowing
where to go, since for fifteen days they had not made a slave, nor
even seen an Indian. They were about twenty horsemen; who re-
mained wondering and excited at seeing Cabeza de Vaca, when he
arrived where these Christians were; and even more so when they
heard that he had crossed through so many mountains, and such
diversity of peoples and tongues; and they gave many thanks to
God, Our Lord, for such a new and very great mystery.
And so they requested of these others a testimonial of the man-
ner in which they came and brought these people of peace and
good will, who followed them. 2
And this they gave them, for faith and testimony, and they sent
it to Their Majesties, giving thanks to Jesus Christ Our Redeemer,
that he had been pleased to preserve these few Christians through
such innumerable trials, that they might come to give account to
the Emperor King, our lord, of the fate of this unfortunate expe-
dition, and of the character of the land they saw.
They remained there, with these others, one day, and because
these Spaniards had for many days been unable to see a single
Indian they had great need for forage for their horses, so they
implored these other pilgrims that they should send to call the
people, who from fear, were hidden in the thickets. So they sent
their messengers, as they had been accustomed to do throughout
their journey, and early the next day there came more than six
hundred souls, men and women, some with nursing babies in their
12One of the most interesting episodes of this extraordinary journey
was the transplantation of an entire colony of Nebame, who had thus
accompanied Cabeza de Vaca and Dorantes, from the Yaqui to Rio Sina-
loa; but I have not had access to sufficient material to study it ade-
Bandelier has an inaccurate account of this colony, in his Contri-
butions to Southwestern History, and Shea notes some of the references
to it in the 1811 edition of Smith's Relation of Cabeza de Vraca. From
among these Indians Mendoza drew the interpreters who went with Friar
MIarcos, Melchior Diaz and Coronado.
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