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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
ke had toiled and suffered in the vain search
for something which would reward their
costly undertaking. All that is known of
the author, Pedro Castafieda, beyond what
he relates in this narrative, is that he was a
native of the Biscayan town of Najera in
northern Spain, who had established himself
in the Spanish outpost at Culiacan, in north-
western Mexico, at the time Coronado organ-
ized his expedition, and that he was the
father of eight surviving children, who, with
their mother, presented in 1554 a claim
against the Mexican treasury, on account of
the father's exploits. The Spanish text of
Castaneda's history is preserved in the Lenox
Library, now absorbed into the New York
Public Library. It is printed, together with
the translations reprinted herewith, in the
Fourteenth Annual Report of the United
States Bureau of Ethnology, Washington,
D. C., 1896, a volume which has long been
out of print. In the present book many
passages in these translations have been re-
vised and corrected. The editor is under
obligations to Mr. F. W. Hodge of the
Smithsonian Institution, Mr. W. M. Tipton
of Santa F6, Mr. Charles F. Lummis of Los
Angeles, and Mr. Ripley Hitchcock and Mr.
F. S. Dellenbaugh of New York, for sugges-
tions and assistance in regard to these im-
provements in the text.
In February, 1540, the army whose for-
tunes are recounted in these narratives as-
sembled at Compostela, on the Pacific coast
west of Mexico city. When it passed in
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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/m1/6/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .