The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 66
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gentlemen [hidalgos], and because near there were many revolted
pueblos, the people of which had gone to the mountains, they sent
two or three Indians of a few they had who had been made slaves;
with a token given them by these Christian pilgrims that they had
sent to call all the hidden Indians; and directed them to tell them
that they could come in security, and that no ill should befall
them. These messengers went with this token, which was a gourd
such as they were each accustomed to carry in their hands. They
waited there five or six days, at the end of which the messengers
came and brought three lords, or principal chiefs, and fifteen or
sixteen other Indians of the revolted settlements; who brought
many turquoises, and very handsome plumes, to offer to these three
Christian pilgrims before the said Melchior Diaz, Alcalde Mayor.
He spoke with them, and gave them to understand how these Chris-
tians had come from heaven, and had travelled through many lands;
instructing them that they should turn their minds toward heaven;
that the Lord in whom they all believed was there; who rewarded
the good with glory, when he desired that they should end this life;
and that those who had not good desires and who did not believe
in and serve him, as their only and All Powerful God, he would
punish with everlasting fire; that these few Christians had come
there to tell these others that they should not injure, molest nor
kill the Indians; but that they should return to their pueblos and
believe in God, and should build churches where he should be
worshipped; and should put crosses in their pueblos, and should
themselves carry them; that when Christians should pass through
their land, they should meet them, and receive them with a cross,
before which all should bow in humility; and if they did so, they
would not harm them, but would treat them as brethren.
They understood this very well, and said that they would do so,
and departed. And presently they began to return from the moun-
tains and build the churches, and put up their crosses, as they
were commanded. And this happened through all that land which
was settled and pacified by our Christians.
Would to Our Savior that these savage people, during the life
and for the happiness of His Caesarean Catholic Majesty, were
brought to the knowledge and service of God, and obedience to the
Royal Crown of Castilla, as His Majesty's good and faithful vas-
sals; to whose Majesty the said Alvar Nufiez, Cabeza de Vaca,
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925, periodical, 1925; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101087/m1/70/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.