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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
signs they were making for peace, which
was to make a cross. They then put down
their arms and received pardon. They were
taken to the tent of Don Garcia, who, accord-
ing to what he said, did not know about the
peace and thought that they had given them-
selves up of their own accord because they
had been conquered. As he had been or-
dered by the general not to take them
alive, but to make an example of them so
that the other natives would fear the Span-
iards, he ordered 200 stakes to be prepared
at once to burn them alive. Nobody told
him about the peace that had been granted
them, for the soldiers knew as little as he,
and those who should have told him about
it remained silent, not thinking that it was
any of their business. Then when the ene-
mies saw that the Spaniards were binding
them and beginning to roast them, about a
hundred men who were in the tent began to
struggle and defend themselves with what
there was there and with the stakes they
could seize. Our men who were on foot
attacked the tent on all sides, so that there
was great confusion around it, and then the
horsemen chased those who escaped. As
the country was level, not a man of them
remained alive, unless it was some who re-
mained hidden in the village and escaped
that night to spread throughout the country
the news that the strangers did not respect
the peace they had made, which afterward
proved a great misfortune. After this was
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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/m1/85/: accessed February 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .