The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

with Kino's "peaceful conquest" of the Indians living around Tumaca-
cori and Guevavi in southern Arizona. The final section contains an
extensive bibliography of published books and articles dealing with
Father Kino. The book contains several original maps drawn by Don-
ald Bufkin.
In his introduction to the volume, former Senator Barry Goldwater
describes the growing interest in Kino's remarkable achievements in
the Southwest, relates the events which led to placing Kino's statue in
the Capitol Rotunda, and reveals details concerning the discovery
of Kino's grave in Magdalena.
The journey described in the diary was undertaken primarily to
discover the mouth of the Gila River which Kino called the Rio
Grande. His expedition met with partial success when he finally saw
where the Colorado River, which he thought was the Gila, emptied
into the Gulf of California. Actually, it was this missionary-explorer
who proved that California was not an island apart from the North
American continent. His earlier education in mathematics and geog-
raphy prepared him well to make maps of this area of the Southwest
which were not improved upon for over a century.
This book can serve as a good introduction to those who have not
read about Father Kino's extraordinary career before. It also can be
of interest to professional historians because it contains diary material
not previously published in English. It is well documented through-
out. The diary gives the reader a personal insight into this man who
led such an eventful life as missionary, cattleman, explorer, and car-
tographer for a quarter century in the service of "The Two Majesties."
Austin, Texas DAVID O'BRIEN
Health-Seekers in the Southwest, x817-90oo. By Billy M. Jones. Nor-
man (The University of Oklahoma Press), 1967. Pp. xiv+254.
Illustrations, bibliography, index. $5.95-
This book deals with a little-known factor in the development of the
trans-Mississippi West-health-seeking. The first two chapters describe
the numerous diseases of the Mississippi Valley and the failure of
medical science to effect cures. The remaining chapters cover such
topics as the favorable reports about western climate, the numerous
comments by eastern travelers which strengthened the growing health
legend of the West, the promotion of the West as nature's sanatorium,
the development of climatology (the study of the effects of the climate


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