In the journal which was kept by Onate on his expedition that took him through Oklahoma, he recorded his first encounter with buffalo as follows: "Proceeding on the day of the Glorious Levite and Martyr, San Lorenzo, God was pleased that we should begin to see those most monstrous cattle called cibola. Although they were very fleet on foot, on this day four or five of the bulls were killed, which caused great rejoicing. On the following day, continuing our journey, we now saw great droves of bulls and cows and from there on, the multitude was so great that it might be considered a falsehood by one who had not seen them. They were so tame that nearly always, unless they were chased or frightened, they remained quiet and did not flee. The flesh of these cattle is very good and very much better than that of our cows. "All of these cattle are of one color, namely brown and it was a great marvel to see a white bull in such a multitude. Their form is so frightful that one can only infer that they are a mixture of different animals. The bulls and the cows alike are humped, the curvature extending the whole length of the back and even over the shoulders. And although the entire body is covered with wool, on the hump, from the middle of the body to the head, the breast, and the forelegs to just above the knee, the wool is much thicker, and so fine and soft that it could be spun and woven like that of the Castilian sheep."



Lynn V. and Laurence Foster
"Fieldings Spanish Trails In The Southwest"
Fieldings Travel Books, N,Y. 1986 - pg.99
Found on page 22 of NCOHA's award winning book