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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
the force to another village about half a
league distant, because almost all the people
in this region had collected into these two
villages. As they paid no attention to the
demands made on them except by shooting
arrows from the upper stories with loud
yells, and would not hear of peace, he re-
turned to his companions whom he had left
to keep up the attack of Tiguex. A large
number of those in the village came out and
our men rode off slowly, pretending to flee,
so that they drew the enemy on to the plain,
and then turned on them and caught several
of their leaders. The rest collected on the
roofs of the village and the captain returned
to his camp.
After this affair the general ordered the
army to go and surround the village. He
set out with his men in good order, one day,
with several scaling ladders. When he
reached the village, he encamped his force
near by, and then began the siege; but as
the enemy had had several days to provide
themselves with stores, they threw down
such quantities of rocks upon our men that
many of them were laid out, and they
wounded nearly a hundred with arrows,
several of whom afterward died on account
of the bad treatment by an unskillful surgeon
who was with the army. The siege lasted
fifty days, during which time several assaults
were made. The lack of water was what
troubled the Indians most. They dug a
very deep well inside the village, but were
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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/m1/88/: accessed March 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .