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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
bridge so as to cross it. It was finished i-
four days, by much diligence and raptJ
work, and as soon as it was done the wholk
army and the animals crossed. After ten
days more they came to some settlements of
people who lived like Arabs and who are
called Querechos in that region. They had
seen the cows for two days. These folks
live in tents made of the tanned skins of the
cows. They travel around near the cows,
killing them for food. They did nothing
unusual when they saw our army, except to
come out of their tents to look at us, after
which they came to talk with the advance
guard, and asked who we were. The gene-
ral talked with them, but as they had al-
ready talked with the Turk, who was with
the advance guard, they agreed with what
he had said. That they were very intelli-
gent is evident from the fact that although
they conversed by means of signs they made
themselves understood so well that there was
no need of an interpreter.1 They said that
there was a very large river over toward
where the sun came from, and that one
could go along this river through an inhab-
ited region for ninety days without a break
from settlement to settlement. They said
that the first of these settlements was called
Haxa, and that the river was more than a
There is an elaborate account of the sign lan-
guage of the Indians, by Garrick Mallery, in the
first annal report of the Bureau of Ethnology, 1879-
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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/m1/99/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .