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Spanish Explorers : Garces - Crossing the Mojave

Continuing Up the Mojave River

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and of rabbits, and some very curious snares that they make of wild hemp, of which there is much in these lands. As a rule are they very effeminate, and the women uncleanly, like those of the sierras; but all are very quiet and inoffensive, and they hear with attention that which is told them of God.

Mar. 12. I traveled two leagues westsouthwest, and halted in the same arroyo [i. e., on the Mojave river], at an uninhabited rancheria; the rain, the cold, and hunger continued, for there were no roots of tule, and the remaining inhabited rancherias were afar (largo trechd). In which emergency I determined that my companions should kill a horse to relieve the necessity; not even was the blood thereof wasted, for indeed there was need to go on short rations (poner coto en las racioties) in order to survive the days that we required to reach the next rancherias. On account of the severe cold turned back from here one Jamajab Indian of those who were accompanying me; of the other two Indians of his nation I covered the one with a blanket, and the other with a shirt (tunica). As there was much to eat of the dead horse, they would not depart hence until the I5th day.

Mar. 15. I went two leagues westnorthwest [and --


which is the modern San Bernardino. See note ", p. 247, at date of Mar. 23.

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