The Coronado Expedition, 1540-42

The Coronado Expedition, 1540-42 (HMISR)

Location: Hereford, AZ 85615 Cochise County
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N 31° 20.774', W 110° 15.206'

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[The first section of marker is in Spanish:]

En el a?o 1539, recordando a?n el anuncio de la conquista del imperio inca que occurri? en 1533, el virrey Antonio de Mendoza receloso pero con te a la vez, envo? a un sacerdote para comprobar los rumres sobre ricas ciudades no descubiertas.

Casi diez a?os mas antes, un indio llamad? lejo informo de la existencia de siete ciudades tan grandes como la ciudad de Mexico, con talleres de plater?a en cada calle. Pero hab?a que hacer un viaje de cuarenta d?as pasando por tierra des?rtica antes de llegar al interior donde se encontraban estas ciudades.

El sacerdote, Fray Marcos de Niza, confirm? el tama?o de por lo menos una ciudad. Su informe le convenci? a Mendoza que organizara la expedici?n ambiciosa de Coronado, cuya extensa ruta en busca de las Siete Ciudades de C?bola se ve en este mapa.

[Second section is in English:]

In 1539, with the report of conquest of the Inca Empire (1533) still fresh in his mind, a cautious yet hopeful Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza sent a priest to verify stories of undiscovered cities of wealth.

Nearly a decade later, an Indian called Tejo reported the existence of seven cities as large as Mexico City, with silversmith's shops lining their streets. Yet these cities lay forty days' journey inland across nearly barren country.

The priest, Fray Marcos de Niza, confirmed the size of at least one city. The report convinced Mendoza to organize Coronado's ambitious expedition, whose far-flung route in quest of the Seven Cities of Cibola is shown on this map.
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12R E 571013 N 3468215
Decimal Degrees31.34623333, -110.25343333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 20.774', W 110° 15.206'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 20' 46.44" N, 110° 15' 12.36" W
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Area Code(s)520
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4101-4153 W Montezuma Canyon Rd, Hereford AZ 85615, US
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