A Considerable River, Called Yaqui By The Natives, The Admiral Gave It
The Name Of Rio De Los
Cannas, or River of Canes, because of the great
number of these that grew upon its banks, forgetting, or not
that he had named the same river at its mouth, in his first voyage, Rio
del Oro, or golden river, where it falls into the sea near Monte Christo.
The Spanish party halted for the night on the banks of this river, much
pleased with their days march. The Indians whom they had brought along
with them from the country near Isabella, went freely into all the houses
as they marched along, taking whatever they had a mind to, as if all
property were common, and the owners shewed no displeasure at this freedom:
These, in return, went to the quarters of the Christians, taking what they
liked, believing that this had been equally the custom among the Spaniards.
The admiral and the infantry of his party crossed the river next day, by
means of rafts and canoes, and the cavalry crossed at a ford not far off.
A league and half beyond the River of Canes, they came to another river
which they called Rio del Oro, or Golden River, having found some grains
of gold in its bed; but it is named Nicayagua by the natives. Into this
river three brooks, or rivulets, discharge their waters; the first of
which, named Buenicum by the Indians, the Spaniards called Rio Seco,
or the Dry River; the second is called Coatenicu by the natives, and the
third Cibu, all of which were extremely rich in the finest gold.
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