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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
Friar Marcos was made father provincial, as
a result of which the pulpits of that order
were filled with such accounts of marvels
and wonders that more than 300 Spaniards
and about 800 natives of New Spain col-
lected in a few days. There were so many
men of such high quality among the Span-
iards, that such a noble body was never col-
lected in the Indies, nor so many men of
quality in such a small body, there being 300
men. Francisco Vazquez Coronado, governor
of New Galicia, was captain-general, because
he had been the author of it all. The good
viceroy Don Antonio did this because at this
time Francisco Vazquez was his closest and
most intimate friend, and because he con-
sidered him to be wise, skillful, and intelli-
gent, besides being a gentleman. Had he
paid more attention and regard to the posi-
tion in which he was placed and the charge
over which he was placed, and less to the
estates he left behind in New Spain, or, at
least, more to the honor he had and might
secure from having such gentlemen under
his command, things would not have turned
out as they did. When this narrative is
ended, it will be seen that he did not knoW
how to keep his position nor the government
that he held.
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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/m1/44/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .