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: 80 of 288
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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
The road could not be seen, but the guides
managed to find it, as they knew the coun-
try. There are junipers and pines all over
the country, which they used in making
large brushwood fires, the smoke and heat of
which melted the snow from 2 to 4 yards
all around the fire. It was a dry snow,
so that although it fell on the baggage and
covered it for half a man's height it did
not hurt it. It fell all night long, covering
the baggage and the soldiers and their beds,
piling up in the air, so that if any one had
suddenly come upon the army nothing
would have been seen but mountains of
snow. The horses stood half buried in it.
It kept those who were underneath warm
instead of cold. The army passed by the
great rock of Acuco, and the natives, who
were peaceful, entertained our men well, giv-
ing them provisions and birds, although
there are not many people here, as I have
said. Many of the gentlemen went up to
the top to see it, and they had great difficulty
in going up the steps in the rock, because
they were not used to them, for the natives
go up and down so easily that they carry
loads and the women carry water, and they
do not seem even to touch their hands, al-
though our men had to pass their weapons
up from one to another.
From here they went on to Tiguex, where
they were well received and taken care of,
and the great good news of the Turk gave
no little joy and helped lighten their hard
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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/m1/80/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .