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: 68 of 288
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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
While they were talking, some men acted
as if they would cross the lines, and one of
the natives lost control of himself and struck
a horse a blow on the cheek of the bridle
with his club. Friar Juan, fretted by the
time that was being wasted in talking with
them, said to the captain: "To tell the
truth, I do not know why we came here."
When the men heard this, they gave the
Santiago so suddenly that they ran down
many Indians and the others fled to the
town in confusion. Some indeed did not
have a chance to do this, so quickly did the
people in the village come out with presents,
asking for peace. The captain ordered his
force to collect, and, as the natives did not
do any more harm, he and those who were
with him found a place to establish their
headquarters near the village. They had
dismounted here when the natives came
peacefully, saying that they had come to
give in the submission of the whole province
and that they wanted him to be friends with
them and to accept the presents which they
gave him. This was some cotton cloth,
although not much, because they do not
make it in that district. They also gave
him some dressed skins and corn meal,
and pine nuts and corn and birds of
the country. Afterward they presented
some turquoises, but not many. The
people of the whole district came to-
gether that day and submitted themselves,
and they allowed him to enter their vil-
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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/m1/68/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .