The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952 Page: 523
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Kingman, Kansas. Twenty-five years later (1896) George P. Win-
ship headed the army southeast from Pecos, approximately go
degrees off of Simpson's route, and had it proceed to the vicinity
of Coleman County, Texas, from which place he sent the expedi-
tion north into Kansas. In 1929 David Donoghue, a geologist
with an intimate knowledge of the terrain, who took into account
the landmarks mentioned in the early narratives, plotted a dif-
ferent course for the expedition. Donoghue had the army descend
the Pecos River to Santa Rosa, New Mexico, then turned it east-
ward into the Panhandle of Texas. Other writers published their
varied interpretations in newspapers and periodicals.
It was against such a background of disagreement in opinion
that Professor Herbert E. Bolton decided to make a thorough
and exhaustive study of the entire Coronado expedition-its
motivation, organization, operation, route, and evaluation of con-
sequences. Perhaps no other living person was so well qualified
to do just that. His vast knowledge of Spanish exploration and
colonization singularly equipped him for this task.
Professor Bolton devotes six chapters to the background of the
expedition. Spanish colonial policy, rivalries, intrigues, jealousies,
and personal ambitions furnish a pattern against which he sets
the entire Coronado expedition in proper historical perspective.
To determine Coronado's route, Professor Bolton, an avid trail
finder of long experience, began at Compostela and went over
the entire journey painstakingly, being guided by the landmarks
mentioned in the various early Spanish accounts. That part of
the trail extending east of Cicuye was the hardest to trace. He
worked it out to his own satisfaction, placing the two barrancas
mentioned by the Spaniards in the Tule and Palo Duro canyons,
with the land of Cona in between. Returning the army to Ber-
nalillo, by way of the salt lakes of West Texas, by Portales, New
Mexico, and old Fort Sumner, Bolton then sent Coronado with
thirty picked horsemen "north by the needle" to Quivira in
Everyone was not convinced by Bolton's interpretation of
Coronado's route across the Staked Plains. The ink was hardly
dry on this edition when E. De Golyer, geologist and amateur
historian, took vigorous exception (Southwest Review, Spring,
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