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Seven Cities of Gold –  A popular 16th century myth; legend has it that the seven cities of gold could be found throughout the pueblos of the New Mexico Territory. The cities were Cibola, Hawikuh, Halona, Kiakima, Kwakina, Matsaki and Quivira. A seventh city has always been mentioned, however, no evidence of a seventh site has ever been found. Spanish explorers took several serious runs at trying to find them. Francisco Vásquez de Coronado y Luján finally got the job done, but the golden cities turned out to be Zuni Pueblos. The Spaniards were sore disappointed…  {001}
see also:
The Originals Index – Native American Tribes – Pueblos of New Mexico Zuni Pueblos
Photo Gallery Index – People and PlacesQuintobaquito Spring
The Originals Index – ExpeditionsSpanish Expeditions

Coronado also bought another of the “New World” myths, and he went looking for that one as well.
In 1840 he led and expedition to what would become Kansas and found nothing.
see:
Wk. 38, 09/22/1544 – Francisco Vásquez de Coronado y Luján

The Pearl Ship of Juan De Iturbe (1615)
Always reported close to the sand hills west of El Centro, CA., the Pearl Ship might be the same ship as the Lost Galleon.* However, the descriptions seem to describe a Spanish ship more the size of one of Columbus’s small Caravels. The story goes that in 1615, Spanish explorer Juan De Iturbe sailed a shallow-drafted caravel up the Gulf of California and a high tidal bore carried him across a strait into Lake Cahuilla, which was in the process of drying up. Unable to sail out again, Iturbe beached his craft and made his way back to the nearest Spanish settlement, leaving behind a fortune in black pearls.Old West Daily Reader Subscribe Today

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