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 Page: 33 of 288
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without hindrance, we do not value or prize
it as highly as if we understood how much
we would miss it after we had lost it, and
the longer we continue to have it the less
we value it; but after we have lost it and
miss the advantages of it, we have a great
pain in the heart, and we are all the time
imagining and trying to find ways and
means by which to get it back again. It
seems to me that this has happened to all
or most of those who went on the expedition
which, in the year of our Savior Jesus
Christ 1540, Francisco Vazquez Coronado
led in search of the Seven Cities.
Granted that they did not find the riches
of which they had been told, they found a
place in which to search for them and the
beginning of a good country to settle in, so
as to go on farther from there. Since they
came back from the country which they con-
quered and abandoned, time has given them
a chance to understand the direction and
locality in which they were, and the borders
of the good country they had in their hands,
and their hearts weep for having lost so fa-
vorable an opportunity. Just as men see
more at the bull fight when they are upon
the seats than when they are around in the
ring, now when they know and understand
the direction and situation in which they
were, and see, indeed, that they can not en-
Joy it nor recover it, now when it is too late
they enjoy telling about what they saw, and
even of what they realize that they lost,
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/m1/33/: accessed March 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .