The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 72
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
give proportionate emphasis to each of the colonizing nations of
Europe in North America. Commendable as are their efforts,
that book in all its parts remains essentially a text, with point of
view and compactness of detail rather than interestingly and
fully recited narrative its chief contribution and characteristic.
For this text The Spanish Borderlands will serve as a most ad-
mirable supplementary reference and in this sense will fill a
greatly felt want. It will be for the text of Spanish achievements
in the United States something of what Parkman's La Salle and
his Half Century of Conflict are to the text of French achieve-
ments in the trans-Alleghany West and the Mississippi Valley.
The book is divided into two parts-"The Explorers" and "The
Colonies." Under the first heading four chapters narrate the
activities of the great Spanish explorers within the present limits
of the United States. Chapter I treats of Ponce de Le6n in
Florida, of Ayllon in the present Carolinas, and of Narvaez in
Florida and his last voyage on the Mexican Gulf. Chapter II
recites the experiences of Cabeza de Vaca in Texas and in the
course of his transcontinental journey thence to the Gulf of Cali-
fornia. Chapter III recounts the wanderings and vicissitudes of
De Soto and his followers from Florida and the Carolinas west-
ward to Oklahoma and Texas. Chapter IV tells anew the story
of Coronado in the great Southwest and of Cabrillo and Vizcaino
along the Pacific Coast in 1542 and 1602, respectively.
Under "The Colonies" a chapter is given to each of six sub-
jects. Chapter V deals with Florida through its definite conquests
by Men6ndez de AvilBs, 1565-1572, and with missionary activity
there until 1615. Chapter VI treats of New Mexico from the
conquest of Ofiate in 1598 until the definite reduction of the
Pueblos in 1700, with just a brief summary of the next century
and a quarter of Spanish rule. Chapter VII summarizes the in-
comparable labors, chiefly those of Fathers Kino and Salvatierra,
in Sinaloa, Pimeria Alta, and Lower California. Chapter VIII
surveys the dramatic activities of the Spaniards in Texas follow-
ing reports of La. Salle's settlement on Lavaca Bay; the fortunes
of the Spaniards in East Texas during the next few decades-the
abandonment, reoccupation, withdrawal, and definite reoccupation
under Aguayo, of East Texas; and the relations of the Spaniards
and French along the Arroyo Hondo frontier until this was
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923, periodical, 1923; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101084/m1/78/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.