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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
After the siege was ended, as we have
already related, he sent a captain to Chia,
a fine village with many people, which had
sent to offer its submission. It was 4
leagues distant to the west of the river.
They found it peaceful and gave it four
bronze cannon, which were in poor condition,
to take care of. Six gentlemen also went to
Quirix, a province with seven villages. At
the first village, which had about a hundred
inhabitants, the natives fled, not daring to
wait for our men; but they headed them off
by a short cut, riding at full speed, and then
they returned to their houses in the village
in perfect safety, and then told the other
villagers about it and reassured them. In
this way the entire region was reassured, lit-
tle by little, by the time the ice in the river
was broken up and it became possible to ford
the river and so to continue the journey.
The twelve villages of Tiguex, however, were
not repopulated at all during the time the
army was there, in spite of every promise of
security that could possibly be given to them.
And when the river, which for almost
four months had been frozen over so that
they crossed the ice on horseback, had
thawed out, orders were given for the start
for Quivira, where the Turk said there was
some gold and silver, although not so much
as in Arche and the Guaes. There were
already some in the army who suspected the
Turk, because a Spaniard named Servantes,1
' Or Cervantes.
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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/m1/96/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .