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: 72 of 288
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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
this province, called Cicuye. Among them
was a captain who was called Bigotes
(Whiskers) by our men, because he wore a
long mustache. He was a tall, well-built
young fellow, with a fine figure. He told
the general that they had come in response
to the notice which had been given, to offer
themselves as friends, and that if we wanted
to go through their country they would con-
sider us as their friends. They brought a
present of tanned hides and shields and head-
pieces, which were very gladly received, and
the general gave them some glass dishes and
a number of pearls and little bells which
they prized highly, because these were things
they had never seen. They described some
cows which, from a picture that one of them
had painted on his skin, seemed to be cows,
although from the hides this did not seem
possible, because the hair was woolly and
snarled so that we could not tell what sort
of skins they had. The general ordered
Hernando de Alvarado to take 20 compan-
ions and go with them, and gave him a
commission for eighty days, after which he
should return to give an account of what he
Captain Alvarado started on this journey
and in five days reached a village which was
on a rock called Acuco,' having a popu-
The report of Alvarado is probably the official
account of what he accomplished.
In regard to the famous rock fortress of Acoma
see Bandelier's Introduction, p. 14, and his Final
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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/m1/72/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .