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and vegetation, and in what parts of the
country these are; the third, of the return
of the army and the reasons for abandoning
the country, although these were insufficient,
because this is the best place there is for dis-
coveries-the marrow of the land in these
western parts, as will be seen. And after
this has been made plain, some remarkable
things which were seen will be described at
the end, and the way by which one might
more easily return to discover that better
land which we did not see, since it would be
no small advantage to enter the country
through the land which the Marquis of the
Valley, Don Fernando Cortes, went in search
of under the Western star, and which cost
him no small sea armament.
May it please our Lord to so favor me
that with my slight knowledge and small
abilities I may be able by relating the truth
to make my little work pleasing to the
learned and wise readers, when it has been
accepted by your grace. For my intention
is not to gain the fame of a good composer
or rhetorician, but I desire to give a faithful
account and to do this slight service to your
grace, who will, I hope, receive it as from a
faithful servant and soldier, who took part
in it. Although not in a polished style, I
write that which happened-that which I
heard, experienced, saw, and did.
I always notice, and it is a fact, that for
the most part when we have something
valuable in our hands, and deal with it
Here’s what’s next.
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Winship, George Parker. The journey of Coronado, 1540-1542, from the city of Mexico to the Grand Canon of the Colorado and the buffalo plains of Texas, Kansas and Nebraska, as told by himself and his followers, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3161/m1/32/: accessed February 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .