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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
men were well rested and provided with food
and eager to start off to find their general
He set off with his force toward Tiguex, and
the first day they made their camp in the
best, largest, and finest village of that (Cibola)
province.' This is the only village that has
houses with seven stories. In this village
certain houses are used as fortresses; they
are higher than the others and set up above
them like towers, and there are embrasures
and loopholes in them for defending the roofs
of the different stories, because, like the other
villages, they do not have streets, and the
flat roofs are all of a height and are used in
common. The roofs have to be reached first,
and these upper houses are the means of de-
fending them. It began to snow on us there,
and the force took refuge under the wings of
the village, which extend out like balconies,
with wooden pillars beneath, because they
generally use ladders to go up to those bal-
conies, since they do not have any doors
The army continued its march from here
after it stopped snowing, and as the season
had already advanced into December, during
the ten days that the army was delayed, it
did not fail to snow during the evenings and
nearly every night, so that they had to clear
away a large amount of snow when they
came to where they wanted to make a camp.
This was Matsaki, at the northwestern base of
Thunder mountain, about 18 miles from Hawikuh,
where the advance force had encamped.
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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/m1/79/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .