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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
since the commander was dead, collected the
men and sent word to the general. He put
a guard in the village and over the provi-
sions. There was great confusion in the
army when this news became known. He
was buried here. Several sorties were made,
by which food was obtained and several of
the natives taken prisoners. They hanged
those who seemed to belong to the district
where the army-master was killed.
It seems that when the general, Francisco
Vazquez, left Culiacan with Friar Marcos to
tell the viceroy, Don Antonio de Mendoza,
the news, as already related, he left orders
for Captain MIelchior Diaz and Juan de Saldi-
var to start off with a dozen good men from
Culiacan and verify what Friar Marcos had
seen and heard. They started and went as
far as Chichilticalli, which is where the
wilderness begins, 220 leagues from Culia-
can, and there they turned back, not finding
anything important. They reached Chia-
metla just as the army was ready to leave,
and reported to the general. Although they
Were kept secret, the bad news leaked out,
and there were some reports which, al-
though they were exaggerated, did not fail
to give an iindication of what the facts were.'
Friar Marcos, noticing that some were feel-
The report of Diaz Is incorporated in the letter
from NMendoza to the King, translated herein. This
letter seems to imply that Diaz stayed at Chichilti-
calli; but if such was his intention when writing
the report to Mendoza, he must have cihanged his
lind and returned with Saldivar as far as Chiametla.
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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/m1/51/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .