Coronado, Francisco: A Spanish explorer of the sixteenth century who traveled through the southwestern United States searching for the legendary “seven gold cities of Cibola.”
I don’t know whether people avoid studying history because they think it’s boring, or if deep in their hearts, they fear that if they have the
information of the mistakes done by others who lived before them, they become responsible for the knowledge.
History has always been one of my favorite subjects—mainly because, in the scope of a few paragraphs you can discover what one human being wanted to do, what they attempted and what happened.
Otherwise you’d have to wait years to study the conclusions—but the history books honestly summarize human pursuit.
And universally, those who set out to find wealth and fame usually ended up in poverty, dying at the hands of those who were disappointed in following them.
But Coronado is particularly interesting. He heard the rumors from Indian tribes, telling him there were “seven lost cities” filled with gold and treasure, somewhere out there in the wilderness of what we now refer to as the Southwest United States.
You can imagine how doubtful his men would have been when they got to New Mexico and Arizona and saw nothing but desert and cacti.
What Coronado set out to do he never accomplished:
- He never found gold in cities.
- He never discovered wealth.
- And his life seemed to be a great disappointment.
The only reason he is even mentioned in today’s history books—and also in this dictionary—is that while he was seeking that which could not be found, he stumbled upon something very significant which he was not seeking.
One day he and his men happened upon the Grand Canyon.
It certainly wasn’t golden and didn’t possess a treasure which could be carted off and turned into lasting wealth.
But it was certainly beautiful.
It was a carving which Nature had performed through millions of years, to give God a present for the raw material provided.
And it is a gift God gives to us—to remind us that treasure does not always glitter. Sometimes it just exists in natural beauty … to take our breath away.