National Geographic : 1930 Jul
© National Geographic Society Natural-Color Photograph byFred Payne Clatworthy FROM. COMPOSTELA, ONCE A NEW-WORLD CAPITAL, CORONADO SET OUT FOR THE SEVEN CITIES OF CIBOLA "Cibola is larger and finer than Mexico," reported Friar Marcos de Niza, who penetrated to the borders of theZufii pueblos inwhat isnow western New Mexico. His story was the signal for a "rush" to join the exploring expedition of Coronado, volunteersbeing soeager that itwas complained the country would be depopulated. Though the gold and precious stones of the Seven Cities proved a mirage, Coronado made one oftheepochal explo rations of all history.