Yikes. Although all my notes and early manuscript versions said March 30, somehow the book ended up with an April 7 date on page 161 for Esteban’s departure from Vacapa. He actually left on March 30, 1539. He left on Passion Sunday, now usually called Palm Sunday, which was a week before Easter Sunday. I have no idea how thsse miscues happen in publishing.
It was Friar Marcos who left on April 7, the day after Easter, as the book states two pages later.
By the way, all dates in the Spanish chronicles of the 1500s are by the Julian calendar in effect then. To convert from the early sixteenth-century Julian calendar to today’s Gregorian calendar, 10 days must be added.