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: 63 of 288
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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
to the other side, so as to follow the other
bank. After they had gone five or six days,
it seemed to them as if they could cross on
rafts. For this purpose they called together
a large number of the natives, who were
waiting for a favorable opportunity to make
an attack on our men,-and when they saw
that the strangers wanted to cross, they
helped make the rafts with all zeal and dili-
gence, so as to catch them in this way on
the water and drown them or else so divide
them that they could not help one another.
While the rafts were being made, a soldier
Who had been out around the camp saw a
large number of armed men go across to a
mountain, where they were waiting till the
soldiers should cross the river. He reported
this, and an Indian was quietly shut up, in
order to find out the truth, and when they
tortured him he told all the arrangements
that had been made. These were, that
When our men were crossing and part of
them had got over and part were on the
river and part were waiting to cross, those
Who were on the rafts should drown those
they were taking across and the rest of their
force should make an attack on both sides of
the river. If they had had as much discre-
tion and courage as they had strength and
power, the attempt would have succeeded.
WVhen he knew their plan, the captain had
the Indian who had confessed the affair killed
Secretly, and that night he was thrown into
the river with a weight, so that the 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/m1/63/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .