The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924

Book Reviews and Notices

BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES.
Historical Documents relating to New Mexico, Nueva Vizcaya, and
Approaches Thereto, to 1773. Collected by Adolph F. A.
Bandelier and Fanny R. Bandelier. Spanish Texts and
English Translations. Edited with Introductions and An-
notations by Charles Wilson I-Iackett, Ph. D., Associate
Professor of Latin American History in the University of
Texas. Volume I. (Washington, D. C. Published by the
Carnegie Institution of Washington. 1923. Pp. xx, 02.)
In 1912 and 1913, Dr. Bandelier, under a grant made by the
trustees of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, began to
ransack the Mexican archives for documents relating to the Pueblo
Indians of New Mexico. This search was soon extended to Spain,
where Mrs. Bandelier, on the death of her husband in 1914, con-
tinued the investigations which he had begun in the Archivo
General de Indias. The documents gathered through their efforts
form the basis of the present volume, but are supplemented by
others from the Bandelier collection in the Peabody Museum, Cam-
bridge; the Edward E. Ayer collection in the Newberry Library,
Chicago; the Bancroft Library, Berkeley; and from Professor
Herbert E. Bolton's personal collection in the University of Cali-
fornia.
The documents are miscellaneous in character and no pretension
at unity or organization is made, due to the circumstances under
which the work was done. But this statement is not to be consid-
ered a reflection on the real value of the book. It is divided into
several general sections and deals, on the whole, with the Rio
Grande region. With one or two exceptions these accounts have
never before been printed or made available to the English reader.
They are, therefore a valuable contribution to the early documen-
tary history of the Southwest.
The first part tells of the services and merits of various ex-
plorers and conquerors of New Spain in the period following di-
rectly upon the conquest by Cortes. These records consist of
brief reports of the feats performed by them for God and king.
The raison d'8tre of these accounts was to influence the royal au-

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