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THE narratives printed in the present vol-
ume tell the story of one of the most remark-
able explorations recorded in the annals of
American history. Seventy-five years be-
fore the English succeeded in establishing
themselves on the northeastern coast of
North America, a band of Spaniards, start-
ing from what was already a populous and
flourishing colony at the City of Mexico,
penetrated the opposite extreme of the con-
tinent, and explored thoroughly a region as
extensive as the coast line of the United
States from Maine to Georgia.
The accounts of their experiences printed
herewith were all written by members of the
expedition. With two exceptions they were
written during the journey, and were the
official reports prepared by the general and
sent to the viceroy in Mexico or the emperor-
king in Spain, or by the lieutenants in charge
of special explorations. The first and prin-
cipal narrative was written for the purpose
of providing a history of the expedition, by
one of the common soldiers some time after
his return to Mexico, when he apparently
felt that there was danger that posterity
would forget the deeds of those with whom
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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/m1/5/: accessed May 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .