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: 69 of 288
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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
lages freely to visit, buy, sell, and barter
It is governed like Cibola, by an assembly
of the oldest men. They have their gover-
nors and generals. This was where they
obtained the information about a large river,
and that several days down the river there
were some people with very large bodies.
As Don Pedro de Tovar was not commis-
sioned to go farther, he returned from there
and gave this information to the general,
who dispatched Don Garcia Lopez de Carde-
nas with about twelve companions to go to
see this river. He was well received when
he reached Tusayan and was entertained by
the natives, who gave him guides for his
journey. They started from here loaded
with provisions, for they had to go through
a desert country before reaching the inhab-
ited region, which the Indians said was more
than twenty days' journey. After they had
gone twenty days they came to the banks
of the river. It seemed to be more than 3
or 4 leagues in an air line across to the
other bank of the stream which flowed be-
This country was elevated and ful' or low
twisted pines, very cold, and lying open tow-
ard the north, so that, this being the warm
season, no one could live there on account
of the cold. They spent three days on this
bank looking for a passage down to the river,
which looked from above as if the water was
6 feet across, although the Indians said it
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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/m1/69/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .