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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
have to consult together and divide it among
the villages, and that it was necessary to
make the demand of each town separately.
The general did this, and ordered certain of
the gentlemen who were with him to go and
make the demand; and as there were twelve
villages, some of them went on one side of
the river and some on the other. As they
were in very great need, they did not give
the natives a chance to consult about it, but
when they came to a village they demanded
what they had to give, so that they could
proceed at once. Thus these people could
do nothing except take off their own cloaks
and give them to make up the number de-
manded of them. And some of the soldiers
who were in these parties, when the collec-
tors gave them some blankets or cloaks which
were not such as they wanted, if they saw
any Indian with a better one on, they ex-
changed with him without more ado, not
stopping to find out the rank of the man
they were stripping, which caused not a lit-
tle hard feeling.
Besides what I have just said, one whom
I will not name, out of regard for him, left
the village where the camp was and went to
another village about a league distant, and
seeing a pretty woman therQ he called her
husband down to hold his horse by the bri-
dle while he went up; and as the village
was entered by the upper story, the Indian
supposed he was going to some other part of
it. While he was there the Indian heard
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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/m1/82/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .