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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
last of March, in the year '42,1 Other
things had happened in the meantime, which
would have been noticed, but that it would
have cut the thread. I have omitted them,
but will relate them now, so that it will be
possible to understand what follows.
Of how messengers reached the army from the
valley of Seiora and how Captain Melchior Diaz
died on the expedition to the Firebrand river.
WE have already related how Captaia
Melchior Diaz crossed the Firebrand river
on rafts, in order to continue his discoveries
farther in that direction. About the time
the siege ended, messengers reached the
army from the city of San Hieronimo with
letters from Diego de Alarcon,' who had re-
mained there in the place of Melchior Diaz.
These contained the news that Melchier
Diaz had died while he was conducting his
search, and that the force had returned with-
out finding any of the things they were after.
It all happened in this fashion:
After they had crossed the river they con-
tinued their search for the coast, which here
turned back toward the south, or between
south and east, because that arm of the sea
' Professor Haynes corrected the error in a note in
Winsor's Narrative and Critical History, vol. ii., p.
491, saying that " it is evident that the siege must
have been concluded early in 1541."
Should be Alcaraz.
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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/m1/92/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .