The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941

Book Reviews

sas." This history is not muckraking, but a frank account of
the kind of struggle which brings out the worst and best in
men. It should, however, be a revelation to those who would
go back to the good and pure politics of the pioneers.
A few inconsistencies appear in the form. Several items in
the bibliography are not used in the footnotes and a few foot-
note references are not listed in the bibliography. On the
whole, however, this work is a scholarly contribution to Kan-
sas history.
JOHN RYDJORD.
Municipal University of Wichita.
Coronado's Quest: The Discovery of the Southwestern States.
By A. Grove Day.
Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1940.
Pp. xvi, 419. $2.50.
In the introduction to this popular yet very scholarly ac-
count of the expedition of Coronado into the American South-
west the author states that this is the "first biography" of
Coronado, and that he has felt "keen obligation to the highest
historical accuracy" while writing it. With the last part of the
statement the reviewer can agree in spite of a few statements
in the book in which the imagination may have been called
upon merely in a speculative sense. The first part of the state-
ment, however, seems a bit of an overestimation. Perhaps more
accurate would have been an assertion that this is the first
definitive biography of the conqueror based on the latest avail-
able materials. That fact is proved by the extensive notes which
accompany each chapter.
The story of the Coronado expedition is told in detail, and
the journey may be easily followed on an excellent map which
accompanies the text. The story itself was a task difficult to
handle, owing to the many side-expeditions made by lieutenants
of Coronado, all of which are included in detail without loss
of the main thread of the story. The narrative includes the
last days of Coronado in Mexico City (1554). The constant
reference to De Soto's contemporary work is good, and to
broaden the historical approach the many expeditions in other
parts of Spanish America being undertaken at the same time
might have been mentioned. For once the full story of the rle
played by The Turk is told. In addition Mr. Day adds valuable

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