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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
would not suspect that they were found out,
The next day they noticed that our men sus-
pected them, and so they made an attack,
shooting showers of arrows, but when the
horses began to catch up with them and the
lances wounded them without mercy and
the musketeers likewise made good shots,
they had to leave the plain and take to the
mountain, until not a man of them was to
be seen. The force then came back and
crossed all right, the Indian allies and the
Spaniards going across on the rafts and the
horses swimming alongside the rafts, where
we will leave them to continue their jour-
To relate how the army that was on its
way to Cibola got on: Everything went
along in good shape, since the general had
left everything peaceful, because he wished
the people in that region to be contented and
without fear and willing to do what they
were ordered. In a province called Vacapan
there was a large quantity of prickly pears,
of which the natives make a great deal of
preserves.1 They gave this preserve away
freely, and as the men of the army ate much
of it, they all fell sick with a headache and
fever, so that the natives might have done
much harm to the force if they had wished.
This lasted regularly twenty-four hours.
After this they continued their march until
I The Zunis make a similar sort of preserves frol
the fruit of the tuna and the yucca. See Cushing in
The Millstone, Indianapolis, July, 1884, pp. 108-109.
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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/m1/64/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .