We visited a good many of these pueblos. They are all well built with straight, well-squared walls. Their towns have no defined streets. Their houses are three, five, six and even seven stories high, with many windows and terraces. The men spin and weave and the women cook, build houses and keep them in good repair. They dress in garments of cotton cloth, and the women wear beautiful shawls of many colors. They are quiet, peaceful people of good appearance and excellent physique, alert and intelligent. They are not known to drink, a good omen indeed. We saw no maimed or deformed people among them. The men and women alike are excellent swimmers. They are also expert in the art of painting, and are good fishermen. They live in complete equality, neither exercising authority nor demanding obedience.
-- Gaspar Perez de Villagra, 1610, on visiting the Pueblos of the Rio Grande
Give the natives to understand that there is a God in heaven and an Emperor on the earth to command and govern it, to whom all have to be subjected and to serve.
-- Viceroy Antonio Mendoza to Fray Marcos de Niza, 1538
In the name of the Christian king, Don Philip, I take and seize tenancy and possession, real and actual, civil and natural, one, two and three times, and all the times that by right I can and should, without limitations.
-- Juan de Onate, El Paso, 1598
All you'll find is your tombstone.
Two things said about Deseret (early Mormon name for Utah):
This is the place.
It's a hell of a place to lose a cow.
Sand blowin', I just can't breathe in this air
As I went walking, I saw a sign there
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