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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
The next day they entered the settled
COuntry in good order, and when they saw
the first village, which was Cibola, such
Were the curses that some hurled at Friar
Marcos that I pray God may protect him
It is a little, crowded village, looking as
if it had been crumpled all up together.
There are ranch houses in New Spain which
lake a better appearance at a distance.1 It
is a village of about 200 warriors,is three
and four stories high, with the houses small
and having only a few rooms, and without
a courtyard. One yard serves for each sec-
tion. The people of the whole district had
collected here, for there are seven villages
ln the province, and some of the others
are even larger and stronger than Cibola.
These folks waited for the army, drawn up
by divisions in front of the village. When
they refused to have peace on the terms
the interpreters extended to them, but
'Mota Padilla, p. 113: "They reached Tzibola.
hbich was a village divided into two parts, which
Were encircled in such a way as to make the village
round, and the houses adjoining three and four
Stories high, with doors opening on a great court or
Plaza, leaving one or two doors in the wall, so as to
o in and out. In the middle of the plaza there is a
atcilway or trap(1oor, by which they go down to a
SUbterranean hall, the roof of which was of large
Pile beams, and a little hearth in the floor, and the
Walls plastered. The Indian men stayed there days
and nights playing (or gaming) and the women
dbroght thetm food; and this was the way the In-
1aas of the neighboring villages lived."
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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/m1/57/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .