The Spaniards were originally attracted to New Mexico by the prospect of finding great wealth. In the early sixteenth century, it was rumored that there were seven cities in the north with riches equaling that of the Aztec and Inca civilizations. These rumors were further exaggerated by Cabeza de Vaca and the survivor of the Narvaez expedition when they returned to Mexico City in 1536 and by the reports to Fray Marcos de Niza who led an exploration into Zuni territory in western New Mexico in 1S39. Coronado, however, gave a more accurate and prosaic description of the region after his expedition into Sonora, Arizona, and New Mexico in 1540-42, thus putting an end to the dreams of discovering untold wealth.
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UNM Department of Art and Art History
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Culley, Louberta Ann. "Problems Related To Selected Spanish Colonial Paintings in New Mexico.." (1967). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/arth_etds/126