The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942

Book Reviews

aged me in putting them into a form available to them as well
as to children." Typical of these legendary stories are "The
Comanche Maiden at the Signal Rock," "Buried Gold," "The
Mysterious Messenger at the Rangers' Camp," and "An Indian
Legend of the Texas Blue Bonnet." It is to be expected that this
book will become a favorite with public school children who
will read its stories with pleasure and enjoyment. The format
of the book is pleasing, the craftsmanship is good, and the
illustrations are to the point.
The University of Texas.
Diego de Vargas and the Reconquest of New Mexico. By Jessie
Bromilow Bailey.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1940.
Pp. vi, 290.
The Coronado quarto centennial observed in 1940 has brought
forth a large number of publications on the early history of
New Mexico. Diego de Vargas is a figure whose importance in
the reoccupation of New Mexico after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680
entitles him to a more detailed study, such as the author has
presented in the present volume. The services rendered by
Vargas are familiar to the students of the Southwest. But the
fuller treatment of his life and the detailed account of the
reconquest are a welcomed addition. In eleven chapters the
author traces the career and exploits of Vargas from the time
of his departure from El Paso in 1792 through his two entradas
and the numerous campaigns to the different pueblos, the per-
manent reoccupation, the founding of Santa Cruz, the revolt of
1696, and the last campaign of the redoubtable leader in 1703,
to his death on April 4, 1704.
In a burst of enthusiasm the biographer dubs the courageous
conquistador the "Napoleon of the Southwest," a title that ill
befits a man of whom Sigtienza y G6ngora, the Mexican savant
of the XVIIth century, said he had "restored to the majesty of
our lord and king, Charles II, an entire realm, without wasting
a single ounce of powder, unsheathing a sword or (what is
more worthy of emphasis and appreciation) without costing


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