The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 106
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the Royal Treasury a single maravedi" (page 264). His achieve-
ment is all the more praiseworthy, in fact, because of his peace-
ful methods and his constant avoidance of bloodshed. His tact
and high sense of justice set him apart from the traditional
conquistador, while his courage and coolness in the face of
danger are surpassed by none.
Well documented, the full account here presented for the first
time is a valuable contribution to the study of a figure which
has generally been neglected, but the presentation is marred
by a complete disregard of sentence structure and the use of
English which makes many passages meaningless. Here are a
few examples: "At dawn he sent Sergeant Juan Ruiz de Cazares
to verify the truth of the report. The latter found to have dis-
appeared 118 of the fastest horses which had belonged to the
officers" (page 108). "Juan Ruiz de Cazares came to relay
the report . . . that the Indians of Santa Fe had been counter-
working their houses and preparing their bows and arrows"
(page 121). Again, the author says, "To consider means of
achieving their condition of physical suffering and the menace
of native hostility, Vargas issued an order for a general Junta,"
In a number of cases there are contradictions. For instance,
in relating the recapture of Santa F6 the author states that
terms were offered for surrender to which "the Indians re-
sponded that they would do as Vargas wished" (page 43). In
the following paragraph, however, it is stated that the Indians
prepared to resist and the Spaniards to attack.
A complete revision of the text would greatly enhance its
value and readability. The general impression in the present form
is that the excellent sources used have not been fully digested
or assimilated, and that the disjointed construction so charac-
teristic of the Spanish documents of the period has exercised
an undue influence on the author's English rendition of the
facts. The tendency in recent years to rush to print with the
findings of hasty research in order to ride the swelling wave
of interest in Latin America has reflected upon the soundness
of American scholarship in this new field.
C. E. CASTANEDA.
The University of Texas.
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