Coronado Starts for Quivira

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Disappointed at finding no gold in the Seven Cities of Cibola in New Mexico, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, spent the winter there and in the spring of 1541 started for Quivira (Kansas), also reputed to be a region of gold. Again he was disappointed but he and forty companions stayed six weeks with the Quiviran Indians and wrote King Charles of Spain that what is now Kansas was a fair and productive land and advised its colonation at an early period. Kansas celebrates this event of 400 years ago with a statewide fiesta from April to November 1941. Visitors from other states are warmly welcomed and many things are planned for their entertainment. Painted by N.C. Wyeth for John MOrrell & Co. and presented by them to Iowa State College through whose courtesy it is reproduced by the Kansas Coronado Cuarto Centennial Commission.

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