The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938 Page: 192
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
earlier priests, accounts of which, historians of Latin-America
have generally agreed, were highly exaggerated. It might have
been well for Father Thompson to have read and cited Fernando
Ocaranza's Capitulos de la Ilistoria Franciscana (Mexico City,
1933-1934), and Bernal Diaz del Castillo's Conquest of New
Spain, two books which are indispensable for writing a history
of the early work of the Franciscan missionaries in New Spain.
The remainder of the papers include accounts of the Franciscans
in the Spanish Southwest, in the southeastern part of the United
States, in French and British North America, in lower Louisiana,
and an account of the Franciscan martyrs in North America. The
volume will be of interest not only to the average churchman but
to the American historian. The article by Father Lenhart on
Franciscan historians is a valuable bibliographical account, which,
although not complete, is a serious and laudable attempt to gather
both primary and secondary materials into a workable bibliography
on the subject. The article on the Franciscans in the Spanish
Southwest is perhaps of necessity too brief and omits mention of
several valuable recent works in the field, such as Castafieda's Our
Catholic Heritage in Texas. A helpful article describes the or-
ganization of the provinces of the three Franciscan families today.
A long and excellent paper on the Franciscan martyrs of North
America presents valuable statistics for the historian of Spanish
North America. Its writer, Father Marion Habig, shows that
he is familiar with the sources for his work. Of interest to Texans
will be the fact that the first and last of the Franciscan martyrs
of the United States lost their lives in Texas.
FRITZ L. HOFFMANN.
The University of Colorado.
The Association has received Steamboating on the Upper Missis-
sippi, The Waterway to Iowa, by Wm. F. Peterson, from the State
Historical Association of Iowa. The book is well supplied with
references and notes and ends with a long list of documentary
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