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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
to these villages with seventeen horsemen
and three or four foot soldiers. Juan de
Padilla, a Franciscan friar, who had been a
fighting man in his youth, went with them.
When they reached the region, they entered
the country so quietly that nobody observed
them, because there were no settlements or
farms between one village and another and
the people do not leave the villages except
to go to their farms, especially at this time,
When they had heard that Cibola had been
cptured by very fierce people, who travelled
on animals which ate people. This infor-
mation was generally believed by those who
had never seen horses, although it was so
Strange as to cause much wonder. Our men
arrived after nightfall and were able to con-
ceal themselves under the edge of the village,
Where they heard the natives talking in
their houses. But in the morning they were
diScovered and drew up in regular order,
While the natives came out to meet them,
With bows, and shields, and wooden clubs,
d1wa lup in lines without any confusion.
te interpreter was given a chance to speak
them and give them due warning, for they
Were very intelligent people, but nevertheless
they drew lines and insisted that our men
Shond' not go across these lines toward their
d'ia opare the lines which the Hopi or Moqui In-
vlaa still mark with sacred meal during their festi-
t8,' as described by Dr. Fewkes in his "Few Sum-
er Ceremonials " in vol. ii. of the Journal of
eran Ethnology and Archaeology.
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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/m1/67/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .