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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
justice to the sources he so completely utilized. After this volume no
further factual account concerning the alienation of the Otoes and Mis-
sourias from their land is needed, but the cultural and social history of
these people is still to be written.
University of Oklahoma DONALD J. BERTHRONG
Estudios de historia novohispana, vol. I. Instituto de Investigaciones His-
t6ricas, Universidad Nacional Aut6noma de Mexico. Mexico (Im-
prenta Universitaria), 1966. Pp. 221. Illustrations.
The purpose of this periodical is to present short articles relating to
that period of Mexican history when the transplantation of cultural
institutions from the Old to the New World and processes of contact and
fusion between the Indian and European occurred from which the mestizo
physiognomy of Mexico was derived.
Of the nine articles perhaps the most interesting to the student of
the Southwest is that on the eighteenth century rebellions of the Seri
and Pima Indians. All articles are thoroughly documented and are well-
worth the attention of historians interested in a critical evaluation of all
biographies of Cuauhtemoc, the significance of Bernardino de Sahag6n,
Indian communal lands, the Indian population of Ixmilquilpan, Vasco
de Quiroga, descendants of some of the conquerors, the ever-continuing
debate over the rationality or bestiality of the Indians, or the facade of the
colonial university of Mexico City. Two good book reviews complete the
University of Texas NETTIE LEE BENSON
Spain in America. By Charles Gibson. New York (Harper and Row), 1966.
Pp. xvi+239. Illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. $6.95.
This book, part of the New American Nation Series edited by Henry
Steele Commager and Richard B. Morris, might fairly be expected to
reveal the historical connections between the colonies of the Spanish and
the English, and indeed the editor's introduction implies that this is
what the author has done. In fact, Gibson has produced a study of the
Spanish American Empire in which its fundamental incomparability
with the English experience is asserted at every turn. It may be that this
is a more valid approach; certainly in recent monographic literature hardly
any interest is displayed in the thesis of a common history of the Americas,
and this is the material Gibson was obliged to use. Furthermore, an
assertion of the uniqueness of Spanish America enabled the author to
avoid comparisons that are ill-founded or based on ethnocentrism or
sentimentality. Yet even in the account of the Spanish Borderlands, which
occupies about a tenth of the book, the reader senses Gibson's dismay
over their insignificance in comparison to Mexico or Peru, and their
almost total irrelevance to the national history of the United States.
What, then, was the reason for including a study of Spanish America
in a series concerning the history of the United States? Would not a
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