The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 162
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the exploration of the Big Bend country, previously neglected by
Texas historians; he accepts David Donoghue's conclusion, pub-
lished in Volume XXXII of The Southwestern Historical Quar-
terly, that Coronado found Quivira near the Canadian River in the
Texas Panhandle instead of on the fortieth parallel in Kansas;
and he thinks that Moscoso led the remnants of the De Soto
expedition as far west as the headwaters of the Brazos River in
Crosby County, though other historians have usually brought him
to the Brazos in the neighborhood of Waco.
These details are merely some of the new fragments woven into
the mosaic which Dr. Castafieda constructs. They are interesting
to the scholar and antiquarian, but will have no great importance
for the average reader of these books. The important contribution
of the author is the smoothly organized, unified, authoritative and
readable narrative. Each volume is equipped with an adequate
index and a comprehensive bibliography of printed and manuscript
sources. As a history of Texas for the period that they cover the
books leave nothing to be desired.
At the same time, while the work is so much more than a history
of the Church, it seems also to be a little less. This reviewer, at
least, would welcome a chapter on the ecclesiastical organization
of Mexico; the relation of the church to the government; the
position of the missionary colleges of Zacatecas and Quer6taro in
the system and their relation to each other. One expects, too, a
fuller picture of mission life-the school discipline of the Indian
dependents-than is given in Chapter VI of Volume II. Perhaps
these deficiencies-if deficiencies they are-may be appropriately
supplied in later volumes.
The Knights of Columbus a dozen years ago conceived their plan
of a history of the Catholic Church in Texas to commemorate the
Centennial of Texas independence, about which politicians were
talking and Chambers of Commerce were bickering. Having no
favors to ask of state and federal governments and being willing
to pay their own bills, they inaugurated the project under com-
petent direction and advice and got down to work. The two
volumes now published are the first fruits of their enterprise.
Five more are to follow, bringing the history of the Church to
1936. The publishers, The Von Boeckmann-Jones Company, have
done a creditable job of bookmaking, and especially of book
binding-an art that is too rare among Texas publishers.
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