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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
A bibliography of recent publications relating to Norwegian-
American history is also included.
CORAL H. TULLIS
The University of Texas
Leslie Byrd Simpson, the present chairman of the Department
of Spanish at the University of California in Berkeley, has always
considered his linguistic talent as a tool in research. Specifically
he has delved into the history of land and labor in the Latin-
American New World. The first of his major works was con-
cerned with the encomienda in New Spain. It is still considered
the definitive statement. The repartimiento was next subjected to
his scholarly scrutiny, and as in the case of the encomienda, he
presented the academic world with work that is considered by
scholars to be indispensable to their study.
Now, as a supplement to his recent collaboration with Dr.
Sherburne F. Cook, concerned with the population of the
plateau of Mexico during the sixteenth century, Simpson gives
us Exploitation of Land in Central Mexico in the Sixteenth
Century (University of California Publications in Ibero-Ameri-
cana, Volume 36, Berkeley, 1952. 92 pp. 5 figures. 30o maps.
$1.50). In this he shows that the decline in population in
sixteenth-century Mexico was accompanied by the great increase
in the acreage devoted to grazing animals. This is one, and an
important one, of the drastic changes brought about by the
impact of European civilization upon the New World.
The text is terse and clear. The maps and descriptive material
are so arranged that the scholar has the material immediately
available for use.
This publication maintains the high standards set by previous
numbers of the Ibero-Americana series.
The University of Texas
Annales Gandenses (Annals of Ghent) published by the Oxford
University Press is an addition to Medieval Classics. With an
established text on one page and a free translation by Hilda
Johnstone on the opposite one, the work is a boon to specialists
and general readers. The annals, 1296-1310, written by an un-
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