Canyon de Chelly 01
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Francisco Vasquez de Coronado searched throughout the Southwest United States for the Seven Cities of Cibola. The Spaniards believed that these cities were as wealthy as the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. At the time, Coronado was the governor of an area in northern Mexico that the Spaniards called New Galicia. He would spend more that 50,000 gold ducats of his own money financing the expedition.. However, after great exploration he found Cibola had very little of value. He described the villages he encountered, “they are very good houses with three, four, and five stories, very good apartments, with corridors. There are some very good rooms under ground and paved, which are for winter, and something like hot baths. The ladders that they have are all movable and portable....altogether five hundred families. Most of them are entirely naked except the covering of their privy parts."