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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
and strife, because after the army had gone
Captain Melchior Diaz took 25 of the most
efficient men, leaving in his place one Diego
de Alcaraz, a man unfitted to have people
nder his command. He took guides and
went toward the north and west in search
of the seacoast. After going about 150
leagues, they came to a province of ex-
ceedingly tall and strong men-like giants.
They are naked and live in large straw
cabins built underground like smoke houses,
with only the straw roof above gromud.
They enter these at one end and come out
at the other. More than a hundred per-
Sons, old and young, sleep in one cabin.
When they carry anything, they can take a
load of more than three or four hundred-
Weight on their heads. Once when our men
Wished to fetch a log for the fire, and six
imen were unable to carry it, one of these
Indians is reported to have come and raised
it in his arms, put it on his head alone, and
Carried it very easily.1 They eat bread
Cooked in the ashes, as big as the large two-
Pound loaves of Castile. On account of the
great cold, they carry a firebrand (tison) in
, Pletcher, in The World Encompassed by Sir
rancis Drake, p. 131 (ed. 1854) tells a similar story
of some Indians whom Drake visited on the coast of
California: " Yet are the men commonly so strong of
ody, that that wlicih 2 or 3 of our men could hard-
y beare, one of them -vould take vpon his backe,
and Without grudging, carric it easily away, vp hill
anp downe hill an English mile together." Mota
Padilla cap xxxii., p. 158, describes an attempt to
atch one of these Indians.
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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/m1/61/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .