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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
fore any harm had been done. They went
through their forms of making peace, which
is to touch the horses and take their sweat
and rub themselves with it, and to make
crosses with the fingers of the hands. But
to make the most secure peace they put their
hands across each other, and they keep this
peace inviolably. They made a present of a
large number of [turkey] cocks with very
big wattles, much bread, tanned deerskins,
pine [pifon] nuts, flour [corn meal], and
From here they went to a province called
Triguex,1 three days distant. The people all
came out peacefully, seeing that Whiskers
was with them. These men are feared
throughout all those provinces. Alvarado
sent messengers back from here to advise the
general to come and winter in this country.
The general was not a little relieved to hear
that the country was growing better. Five
days from here he came to Cicuye,2 a very
strong village four stories high. The people
came out from the village with signs of joy
to welcome Hernando de Alvarado and their
captain, and brought them into the town
with drums and pipes something like flutes,
1 An error for Tiguex, at or near the present Ber-
nalillo. Simpson located this near the mouth of the
river Puerco, southeast of Acoma, but I follow
Bandelier, according to whom Alvarado pursued a
northeasterly direction from Acoma. See his Intro-
duction, p. 83, and Final Report, vol. i., p. 129.
2 Pecos. Besides his Final Report, vol. i., p. 127,
see Bandelier's Report on the Pecos Ruins.
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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/m1/74/: accessed April 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .