The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 88
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Southwestern HIistorical Quarterly
Department of State of Mexico, was prepared by Don Francisco
del Paso y Troncoso, the distinguished Mexican scholar and recog-
nized authority on the early history of Mexico. He spent many
years in Spain, where he prepared the notes included in the Index,
but he did not intend to have them published. They are not a
complete and exhaustive study, but rather a set of working notes
prepared for his own use in his private researches. After his death
in 1916 his papers went to the National Museum. Believing that
the notes would be of interest and use to investigators, the authori-
ties have edited them for the Mexican bibliographical series of
the Department of State.
The book is divided into three parts, the first of which consists
of a list of documents on the merits and services of the first con-
quistadors and settlers, covering the years between 1524 and 1634.
In this section 630 documents are listed. In addition to these,
there are 120 documents relating to Hernan Cortes and his de-
The second part includes documents relative to discovery and
exploration. This section is of interest, as it contains material
for the study of the Southwest and the incursions of the French,
the English, and the Dutch. One hundred and thirty-five of the
325 documents cited deal with these subjects.
The third part is by far the most extensive and includes various
and miscellaneous subjects. The section listing the papeles de
Simancas is the most important for the student of the Southwest,
particularly of Texas and New Mexico. In this section, which is
subdivided into documents found under Secretaria de Nueva Es-
paiia, Audiencia de Mexico, 342; and Audiencia de Guadalajara,
118 items, is found a number of interesting references to the early
history of both Texas and New Mexico, as well as to California.
The Index, though slightly out of date, is of sufficient interest
to make it advisable for students doing research work or contem-
plating going to Seville to give it their careful consideration. The
intensive studies recently conducted in the Archives of Seville have
made available a good deal of the material listed, but there are a
number of items which have not been disclosed before.
C. E. CASTANEDA.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930, periodical, 1930; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101090/m1/96/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.