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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
It happened that just at this time three
Spaniards, named Cabeza de Vaca, Dorantes,
and Castillo Maldonado, and a negro, who
had been lost on the expedition which Pam-
filo de Narvaez led into Florida, reached
Mexico.' They came out through Culiacan,
having crossed the country from sea to sea,
as anyone who wishes may find out for him-
self by an account which this same Cabeza
de Vaca wrote and dedicated to Prince Don
Philip, who is now King of Spain and our
sovereign.2 They gave the good Don An-
tonio de Mendoza an extended account of
some powerful villages, four and five stories
high, of which they had heard a great deal
in the countries they had crossed, and other
things very different from what turned out
to be the truth. The noble viceroy com-
municated this to the new governor, who
gave up the visits he had in hand, on account
of this, and hurried his departure for his gov-
ernment, taking with him the negro who
had come [with Cabeza de Vaca] with the
three friars of the order of Saint Francis, one
of whom was named Friar lMarcos of Nice,
a regular priest, alnd another Friar Daniel, a
lay brother, and the other Friar Antonio de
Santa Maria. When he reached the prov-
ince of Culiacan he sent the friars just men-
They appeared in 'New Spain in April, 1536, be-
fore Coronado's appointment. Castafeda may be
right in the rest of his statement.
2This account has been translated by Buckingham
Smith, New York, 1871.
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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/m1/39/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .