The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 259
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The First Europeans in Texas, 1528-1536
the river, and not ten leagues or more beyond it, as the narratives
The point at the Rio Grande-Conchas junction where Es.pejo
found traces of the Cabeza de Vaca party a generation later is
well established. The journey forward from that point had been
traced by Mr. Baskett, if, indeed, the narratives here could be
said to require the assistance of a commentator. Two long sec-
tions of the route were thus accounted for, and Baskett had sug-
gested a possible journey through Coahuila, from which he was
led away in his search for an elusive-an illusive-iron mountain,
and Judge Coopwood had, inadvertently, supplied much valuable
information concerning the possibility of such a route. Given
two established points on a line of travel, landmarks of a per-
manent nature along the line ought always to be found between
the given points. When found, these serve not only to establish
the line, but to verify the location of the accepted points. A
comparison of the topographical, natural history and ethnological
data available concerning Coahuila, with that found in the nar-
ratives, serves to establish the line of the route through Coahuila,
and thus to confirm the location of the route of the other sec-
tions of the journey.
(The nmap facing this page was prepared under the supervision
of Prof. Herbert E. Bolton.)
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