OTIS A. SINGLETARY, Editor
Spanish Explorers in the Southern United States, z528-1543.
Edited by F. W. Hodge and T. H. Lewis. New York (Barnes
and Noble), 1959. Pp. xiii + 413. Index. $5.75-
Spanish Exploration in the Southwest, 1542-1706. Edited by H. E.
Bolton. New York (Barnes and Noble), 1959. Pp. x + 486.
Barnes and Noble has rendered a service to the students of
history in reprinting these two volumes. Spanish Explorers in the
Southern United States contains (1) the report to the Spanish
Emperor Charles V by Cabeza de Vaca of his journey across what
is now Texas, (2) the 1542 report of the "Gentleman of Elvas"
on the wanderings of Hernando de Soto in Florida and along the
Gulf Coast, and in Arkansas, Texas, and Indian Territory, (3)
Coronado's grand entrada is narrated by Pedro de Castafieda.
One and three were edited by Frederick Webb Hodge, while
number two was edited by Theodore H. Lewis.
In the narrative of the "Gentleman of Elvas," some corrections
have been made in the text, and proper names have been care-
fully checked with the Portuguese original in the Lennox Library.
Variations from page to page in the spelling of some names may
be assumed to exist in the original.
The journey of Alvar N6fiez Cabeza de Vaca and his three
companions overland from coast to coast is a remarkable record
and as a narrative of suffering and privation has, perhaps, no
equal in the annals of the North American continent. Few Span-
ish narratives, however, are more unsatisfactory to deal with by
reason of the lack of directions, distances, and other details. Yet,
the effect of the overland journey was to inspire Coronado in
154o, and it is not improbable that De Soto may have been stim-
ulated to action by it.
In the early annals of exploration, much interest is attached
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101186/. Accessed April 24, 2014.