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TIE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
not able to get water, and while they were
making it, it fell in and killed 30 persons.
Two hundred of the besieged died in the
fights. One day when there was a hard
fight, they killed Francisco de Obando, a
captain who had been army-master all the
time that Don Garcia Lopez de Cardenas was
away making the discoveries already de-
scribed, and also Francisco Pobares, a fine
gentleman. Our men were unable to pre-
vent them from carrying Francisco de Oban-
do inside the village, which was regretted
not a little, because he was a distinguished
person, besides being honored on his own
account, affable and much beloved, which
One day, before the capture was com-
pleted, they asked to speak to us, and said
that, since they knew we would not harm
the women and children, they wished to
surrender their women and sons, because
they were using up their water. It was im-
possible to persuade them to make peace,
as they said that the Spaniards would not
keep an agreement made with them. So
they gave up about a hundred persons, wom-
en and boys, who did not want to leave
them. Don Lope de Urrea rode up in front
of the town without his helmet and received
the boys and girls in his arms, and when all
of these had been surrendered, Don Lope
begged them to make peace, giving them
the strongest promises for their safety.
They told him to go away, as they did not
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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/m1/89/: accessed June 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .