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Coronado enjoyed some success in the Spanish royal court. But he had little future in Spain. Instead, opportunities in the New World soon presented themselves to Mendoza and his young assistant. Coronado recognized the possibilities for 15 16 FRANCISCO CORONADO advancement there. He wanted to go to New Spain. Mendoza took him there—and it was there that Coronado lived the rest of his life. TO MEXICO In 1530, Charles appointed Antonio de Mendoza as viceroy of New Spain. The viceroy—something like a governor—was the most important royal official in the New World.
Surely he was close to the Seven Cities of Gold! THE END OF ESTEBAN As Marcos followed, Esteban was making his first contact with Hawikuh, the first of the Seven Cities. Hawikuh was a Zuñi town, located in what is now western New Mexico. The slave was overconfident as he approached Hawikuh. Esteban drew attention by wearing “bright robes, tufts of parrot plumage . . bells and . . ” 11 He also carried a so-called magical gourd. Esteban decorated this gourd with two feathers—one white and one red.
Many of these men ended up going to the New World. Coronado did not receive training as a soldier, but many of the 35 36 FRANCISCO CORONADO men he later served with in Mexico were soldiers. And it was a soldier, Hernándo Cortés, who succeeded in capturing Mexico from the Aztecs. GETTING RICH AND CONVERTING NATIVES With their homeland secure against non-Christian threats, the Spanish shifted their energies to conquering and converting other people. Within just a few years of Columbus’s initial voyage across the Atlantic, it soon became clear that a land of opportunity awaited brave souls.