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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
there from his country, through a wilderness
in which nothing grew, except some very
small plants about a span high. The way
they went was up through the country be-
tween the two seas, following the northern
direction. Acting on this information, Nufo
de Guzman got together nearly 400 Span-
iards and 20,000 friendly Indians of New
Spain, and, as he happened to be in Mexico,
he crossed Tarasca, which is in the province
of Michoacan, so as to get into the region
which the Indian said was to be crossed
toward the North sea, in this way getting to
the country which they were looking for,
which was already named " The Seven Cities."
He thought, from the forty days of which
the Tejo had spoken, that it would be found
to be about 200 leagues, and that they would
easily be able to cross the country.
Omitting several things that occurred on
this journey, as soon as they had reached
the province of Culiacan, where his govern-
ment ended and where the New Kingdom of
Galicia is now, they tried to cross the coun-
try, but found the difficulties very great, be-
cause the mountain chains which are near
that sea are so rough that it was impossible,
after great labor, to find a passageway in that
region. His whole army had to stay in the
district of Culiacan for so long on this ac-
count that some rich men who were with
him, who had possessions in Mexico, changed
their minds, and every day became more
anxious to return. Besides this, Nu-io de
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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/m1/36/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .