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 Page: 93 of 288
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TIHE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
enters the land due north and this river,
which brings its waters down from the north,
flowing toward the south, enters the head of
the gulf. Continuing in the direction they
had been going, they came to some sand
banks of hot ashes which it was impossible
to cross without being drowned as in the sea.
The ground they were standing on trembled
like a sheet of paper, so that it seemed as
if there were lakes underneath them. It
seemed woRderful and like something infer-
nal, for the ashes to bubble up here in sev-
eral places. After they had gone away from
this place, on account of the danger they
seemed to be in and of the lack of water,
one day a greyhound belonging to one of the
soldiers chased some sheep which they were
taking along for food. When tha captain
noticed this, he threw his lance at the dog
while his horse was running, so that it stuck
up in the ground, and not being able to stop
his horse he went over the lance so that it
nailed him through the thighs and the iron
came out behind, rupturing his bladder.
After this the soldiers turned back with
their captain, having to fight every day with
the Indians, who had remained hostile. He
lived about twenty days, during which they
proceeded with great difficulty on account of
the necessity of carrying him. They re-
turned in good order without losing a man,
until he died, and after that they were re-
lieved of the greatest difficulty. When they
reached Sefiora, Alcaraz dispatched the mes-
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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/m1/93/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .