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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
Concerning the captains who went to Cibola.
WHEN the viceroy, Don Antonio de Men-
doza, saw what a noble company had come
together, and the spirit and good will with
Which they had all presented themselves,
knowing the worth of these men, he would
have liked very well to make every one of
them captain of an army; but as the whole
number was small he could not do as he
would have liked, and so he issued the com-
missions and captaincies as he saw fit, be-
cause it seemed to him that if they were
appointed by him, as he was so well obeyed
and beloved, nobody would find fault with
his arrangements. After everybody had
heard who the general was, he made Don
Pedro de Tovar ensign general, a young gen-
tleman who was the son of Don Fernando de
Tovar, the guardian and lord high steward
of the Queen Dona Juana, our demented
mistress-may she be in glory-and Lope
de Samaniego, the governor of the arsenal at
Mexico,1 a gentleman fully equal to the
charge, army-master. The captains were
Ion Tristan de Arellano; Don Pedro de
Guevara, the son of Don Juan de Guevara
and nephew of the Count of Ofiate; Don
'See Mlendoza's letter to the King, regarding Sa-
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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/m1/45/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .