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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
of which they have a great many. They
made many presents of cloth and turquoises,
of which there are quantities in that region.
The Spaniards enjoyed themselves here for
several days and talked with an Indian slave,
a native of the country toward Florida, which
is the region Don Fernando de Soto discov-
ered. This fellow said that there were large
settlements in the farther part of that coun-
try. Hernando de Alvarado took him to
guide them to the cows; but he told them
so many and such great things about the
wealth of gold and silver in his country that
they did not care about looking for cows,
but returned after they had seen some few,
to report the rich news to the general.
They called the Indian "Turk," because he
looked like one.
Meanwhile the general had sent Don Gar-
cia Lopez de Cardenas to Tiguex with men
to get lodgings ready for the army, which
had arrived from Sefiora about this time,
before taking them there for the winter; and
when Hernando de Alvarado reached Tiguex,
on his way back from Cicuye, he found Don
Garcia Lopez de Cardenas there, and so there
was no need for him to go farther. As it
was necessary that the natives should give
the Spaniards lodging places, the people in
one village had to abandon it and go to
others belonging to their friends, and they
took with them nothing but themselves and
the clothes they had on. Information was
obtained here about many towns up toward
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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/m1/75/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .