The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953

Book Reviews

survived the wear and tear of many decades are clearly imprinted
on every page of this arresting narrative. The first part of the
book (127 pages) is the author's own penetrating account of the
explorers' day-by-day journey and experience. The remainder is
a translation of Dominguez and Escalante's "Diary and Itinerary"
and of Bernardo Miera y Pacheco's report-all sufficiently docu-
mented. This Pageant complements neatly the other works of the
author, such as The Rim of Christendom, Outpost of Empire,
and Coronado: Knight of Pueblos and Plains, all well within the
frame of what he had earlier called "The Spanish Borderlands."
The book is a significant contribution to southwestern Amer-
icana.
Twelve illustrations, two back-pocket maps, a bibliography, and
an index, together with a pleasing jacket and over-all format, also
add attraction to this Pageant in the Wilderness.
CARL COKE RISTER
Texas Technological College
New Mexico: A Pageant of Three Peoples. By Erna Fergusson.
New York (Alfred A. Knopf), 1951. Pp. xii+408+6. $5.00.
A book review customarily includes a statement of the good
and bad qualities of the publication. This practice can find ready
illustration in discussing New Mexico by Erna Fergusson because
the work is marked by an extreme range between good and bad,
although for the general reader the good is the most important
and the first quality to keep in mind.
The bad consists of numerous and in many cases unnecessary
errors of facts and "figgers." Miss Fergusson, a native daughter
of the Land of Enchantment, would remember on second thought
that the Mimbres River is not a tributary of the Gila, that Sandia
Cave man would have looked to the north to see the Jemez
mountains, not to the northwest, and that a traveler would not
journey westward from the Chaco to reach the valley of the Rio
Grande. There are errors in authors' names, titles of books men-
tioned, quotations used, and historical facts, all too numerous to
mention in detail and not important enough to impair the use-
fulness of the book.
New Mexico is presented in three parts: Indian, Spanish, and

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