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: 56 of 288
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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
very fine about what was ahead, there was
nobody who had seen it except the Indians
who went with the negro, and these had
already been caught in some lies. Besides
all this, he was much affected by seeing that
the fame of Chichilticalli was summed up in
one tumble-down house without any roof,
although it appeared to have been a strong
place at some former time when it was in-
habited, and it was very plain that it had
been built by a civilized and warlike race of
strangers who had come from a distance.
This building was made of red earth. From
here they went on through the wilderness,
and in fifteen days came to a river about
8 leagues from Cibola, which they called
Red River,1 because its waters were muddy
and reddish. In this river they found mul-
lets like those of Spain. The first Indians
from that country were seen here-two of
them, who ran away to give the news. Dur-
ing the night following the next day, about
2 leagues from the village, some Indians
in a safe place yelled so that, although the
men were ready for anything, some were so
excited that they put their saddles on hind-
side before; but these were the new fellows.
TWhen the veterans had mounted and ridden
round the camp, the Indians fled. None of
them could be caught because they knew the
Bandelier, in his Gilded Man, identifies this with
Zufii river. The Rio Vermejo of Jaramillo is the
Little Colorado or Colorado Chiquito.
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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/m1/56/: accessed April 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .