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 Page: 50 of 288
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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
Of how the army reached Chiametla, and the kill-
ing of the army-master, and the other things that
happened up to the arrival at Culiacan.
AFTER the viceroy Don Antonio left them,
the army continued its march. As each one
was obliged to transport his own baggage
and all did not know how to fasten the
packs, and as the horses started off fat and
plump, they had a good deal of difficulty
and labor during the first few days, and
many left many valuable things,. giving
them to anyone who wanted them, in order
to get rid of carrying them. In the end
necessity, which is all powerful, made them
skillful, so that one could see many gentle-
men become carriers, and anybody who
despised this work was not considered a
With such labors, which they then thought
severe, the army reached Chiametla, where
it was obliged to delay several days to pro-
cure food. During this time the army-mas-
ter, Lope de Samaniego, went off with some
soldiers to find food, and at one village, a
crossbowman having entered it indiscreetly
in pursuit of the enemies, they shot him
through the eye and it passed through his
brain, so that he died on the spot. They
also shot five or six of his companions before
Diego Lopez, the alderman from Seville,
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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/m1/50/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .