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[QUOTE]Originally posted by NaturalResources: [QB] Took your advice Tex, asked around, and co-worker put me in touch with someone they know who is working for their BA in Latin American Studies at Penn State. This person provided me with a rough translation, (very similar to the Bablefish translation BTW), and promised to email me a more accurate version. This person also told me I could contact them in the future if I thought they could be of any more help. In the mean time, here is what is so exciting about this reference I have found, (even though this new evidence is forcing me to review and revise portions of my work that are already "completed".) From Pedro Castañeda's 1554 account of the Coronado expedition, (with rough translation in italics below): [QUOTE]ser de una provincia que distaba treinta soles, la cual se llamaba Copala[/QUOTE][i]that 30 days travel was a province named Copala[/i] [QUOTE]que habia una laguna en la que navegaban canoas, y que las del casique tenian argollas de oro[/QUOTE][i]"they have a lagoon they sail canoes on, that they wear earings of gold"[/i] I missed this before because I searched for a "lake" among accounts of Coronado's expedition, not a "lagoon". Further investigation reveals that this quote was attributed to an indian named "The Turk", who was intrumental in leading Coronado's expedition to failure on the plains of the midwest. (For some reason the accounts state "The Turk" was leading them to "Quivera", not "Copala".) http://education.texashistory.unt.edu/lessons/psa/Coronado/ P.S. I also emailed "History Detectives" last week, per your suggestion but I haven't recieved an email back yet. I'll post the response here if I get one. NR. [/QB][/QUOTE]
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