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A vaguely defined historical region generally thought to be in present-day northern New Mexico. It included seven pueblos, the fabled Seven Cities of Cíbola, which were sought by the earliest Spanish explorers for their supposed riches.
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Seven Cities of, legendary cities of great wealth believed by Spanish explorers to exist in what is now the U.S. Southwest.
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In Walk the World's Rim, after Estevanico and Chakoh are separated in Mexico, Estevanico joins Fray Marcos de Niza and a band of Spaniards to set out in search of the City of Gold, Cibola.
En 1539 et apres avoir entendu les rumeurs de l'existence de villes a la richesse infinie au nord de la Nouvelle-Espagne, le Vice-roi Antonio de Mendoza organisa une expedition qu'il confia au moine franciscain Marcos de Niza qui prit Estebanico pour guide.