Coronado's Quest: The Discovery of the Southwestern States

Coronado's Quest: The Discovery of the Southwestern States

Coronado's Quest: The Discovery of the Southwestern States

Coronado's Quest: The Discovery of the Southwestern States

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The American Southwest, that region of sunlit mesas and deep-shadowed canyons, of snow-topped continental rooftrees of rock, of sandy flats and high piny parks, is a land that has never been conquered. It is called the Coronado Country.

Ten thousand years ago, the Asiatic ancestors of the American Indians began drifting down in swelling waves of migration to make this part of the New World a range for the human species. Four hundred years ago, white men clothed in metal and carrying metal weapons disturbed the Stone Age somnolence of the native tribes to gaze for the first time on the virginal grandeur of this land.

They came, they saw, they thought they conquered. From their base in Mexico, no longer the domain of proud Montezuma, the iron men of Iberia struggled northward by sea and by land. Into the lap of Mother Spain, then mistress of the world's mightiest empire, they showered parchment documents giving claim to a quarter of a continent and the adjacent seas. Spanish . . .

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