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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
they started off with more than six hundred
loaded animals, besides the friendly Indians
and the servants-more than a thousand
persons. After a fortnight had passed, the
general started ahead with about fifty horse-
men and a few foot soldiers and most of the
Indian allies, leaving the army, which was
to follow him a fortnight later, with Don
Tristan de Arellano in command as his lieu-
At this time, before his departure, a pretty
sort of thing happened to the general, which
I will tell for what it is worth. A young
soldier named Trugillo (Truxillo) pretended
that he had seen a vision while he was bath-
ing in the river. Feigning that he did not
want to, he was brought before the general,
whom he gave to understand that the devil
had told him that if he would kill the gen-
eral, he could marry his wife, Doia Beatris,
and would receive great wealth and other
very fine things. Friar Marcos of Nice
preached several sermons on this, laying it
all to the fact that the devil was jealous of
the good which must result from this jour-
ney and so wished to break it up in this
way. It did not end here, but the friars
who were in the expedition wrote to their
convents about it, and this was the reason
the pulpits of Mexico proclaimed strange
rumors about this affair.
The general ordered Truxillo to stay in
that town and not to go on the expedition,
which was what he was after when he made
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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/m1/54/: accessed May 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .