Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Came Men on Horses: The Conquistador Expeditions of Francisco Vazquez De Coronado and Don Juan De Onate

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Came Men on Horses: The Conquistador Expeditions of Francisco Vazquez De Coronado and Don Juan De Onate

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Came Men on Horses: The Conquistador Expeditions of Francisco Vazquez de Coronado and Don Juan de Onate.

By Stan Hoig. Boulder: Univ. Press of Colorado, 2013. Pp. v, 344. $34.95.

Stan Hoig (1924-2009), a practicing journalist who earned a Ph.D. and taught for many years at the University of Colorado, published more than twenty books on the American West. In Came Men on Horses Hoig writes with a journalist's flair about two of the earliest and most prominent Spanish explorations and attempted settlements of the American Southwest. Hoig establishes a strong narrative as he explores the illusory and often ridiculous dreams that fueled the expeditions; the incredible hardships endured by the soldiers, settlers, and priests; and the almost incomprehensible cruelties inflicted on native populations by all involved. The book is especially valuable in its chronicle of the less well known Onate attempt to colonize New Mexico. The book, or at least selected chapters, might be used to interest students in all manner of issues surrounding early Spanish explorations and interactions with native peoples. …

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