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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
bola. He was so far ahead of the friars
that, when these reached Chichilticalli,
which is on the edge of the wilderness, he
was already at Cibola, which is 80 leagues
beyond. It is 220 leagues from Culiacan to
the edge of the wilderness, and 80 across the
desert, which makes 300, or perhaps 10
more or less. As I said, Stephen reached
Cibola loaded with the large quantity of tur-
quoises they had given him and some beau-
tiful women whom the Indians who fol-
lowed him and carried his things were tak-
ing with them and had given him. These
had followed him from all the settlements
he had passed, believing that under his pro-
tection they could traverse the whole world
without any danger.
But as the people in this country were
more intelligent than those who followed
Stephen, they lodged him in a little hut
they had outside their village, and the older
men and the governors heard his story and
took steps to find out the reason he had come
to that country. For three days they made
inquiries about him and held a council.
The account which the negro gave them of
two white men who were following him,
sent by a great lord, who knew about the
things in the sky, and how these were com-
ing to instruct them in divine matters, made
them think that he must be a spy or a guide
from some nations who wished to come and
conquer them, because it seemed to them
unreasonable to say that the people were
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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/m1/41/: accessed May 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .