Lancers for the King: A Study of the Frontier Military System
of Northern New Spain, with a Translation of the Royal
Regulations of r772. By Sidney B. Brinckerhoff and Odie B.
Faulk. Phoenix (Arizona Historical Foundation), 1965. Pp.
xix+ 1 28. Illustrations, maps, photographs, appendices, bib-
liography, index. $8.50 cloth, $2o.oo leather.
This handsome folio volume issued in a limited edition by the
Arizona Historical Foundation bears witness to a flourishing cul-
ture in the Borderlands of the 196o's. Its co-authors, Sidney B.
Brinckerhoff and Odie B. Faulk, have followed a happy inspira-
tion to use the text of the Royal Regulations of 1772 for pre-
sidios as the centerpiece of commentaries and illustrations on the
frontier military system of northern New Spain. As the Foreword
by Kieran McCarty points out, the Spanish soldier has not re-
ceived his due as a partner in the colonial action of his country
in the American Southwest. This new book goes far toward mak-
ing up for past neglect.
To create some appreciation of what Faulk and Brinckerhoff
have done, it may be well to indicate the general organization of
the book. The authors' Introduction is a well-written summary
of the Spanish experience in the Borderlands from Cabeza de
Vaca to the end of empire, with special attention to the difficulties
of the terminal decades during which the Interior Provinces were
erected into a special military district by the Royal Regulations
of 1772. The Spanish text of the Regulations which follows the
Introduction is a reproduction of a Mexican edition of 1834 and
is accompanied by a facing English translation. Part Three is a
valuable section entitled "The Weapons and Equipment of the
Presidial Soldier," with descriptions and illustrative plates. Part
Four is an appraisal, occupying twelve pages, of the Spanish mili-
tary system in the Interior Provinces. Successive appendices pre-
sent an annotated list of the seventeen presidios designated in the
Regulations for the frontier line, a publication history of the
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117144/. Accessed March 4, 2015.