The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 111
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Book Reviews and Notices.
The author is also fairly familiar with the work of the principal
explorers, and he gives the reader a good general impression of the
process of wilderness breaking described in his book. It is, how-
ever, apparent that he is not as familiar with the sources of West-
ern history as with the physical aspects of the West. His failure
to use the proper Spanish accents for such names as Cibola,
Panuco, etc., suggests a lack of intimate acquaintance with the
only language in which many of those sources are yet to be found.
He holds to the discredited theory that the Espiritu Santo of
Pineda was the mouth of the Mississippi (p. 104) ; he thinks that
the Malhado of Cabeza de Vaca was Galveston Island, or some
other island on the Gulf coast between that and the mouth of the
Mississippi (p. 104), and, while he refers to TIiE QUARTERLY, he
seems not to have read the articles by Judge Coopwood; in spite
of the work of Prank Hamilton Cushing-with which, by the way,
he doesn't seem to trouble himself-he refuses to believe that Cibola
is to be identified with Zufii (p. 113) ; although he cites H. H.
Bancroft, who gives good reasons for rejecting the story of Juan
de Fuca, he doesn't question the story itself (p. 119); he repeats
the baseless legend that the Spaniards made a settlement at San
Antonio in 1692 (p. 134); he refers to Natchitoches as "a Span-
ish post in Texas" (p. 182); and his entirely inadequate and mis-
leading explanation of the Texas Revolution is that "the Texans
desired to have Texas a sovereign Mexican State, but a military
government was proposed by the Mexicans" (p. 298). Such
errors make it unsafe to depend on the book as an authority, but
it will nevertheless remain useful to the reader who is on his
guard against them. G. P. G.
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