John L. Allen is a professor of geography at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of several books, including Passage through the Garden: Lewis and Clark and the Images of the American Northwest and Jedediah Smith and the Mountain Men of the American West, and numerous articles in scholarly periodicals, edited volumes, and conference proceedings. Dr. Allen is also the editor of Annual Editions: Environment. He has served his academic department as its first head ( 1976-81) and as acting head ( 1986-87) and has held many other administrative and committee posts at the University of Connecticut, where he has spent his entire academic career. Dr. Allen has served as a National Councilor of the Society for the History of Discoveries and as a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Historical Geography. He is an authority on the role of images in exploration. Dr. Allen holds academic degrees from the University of Wyoming (B.A. and M.A.) and Clark University (Ph.D., 1969) and was an NSF Post-Doctoral Fellow at Clark University in 1970-71.
Robert H. Fuson is professor emeritus of geography at the University of Southern Florida. He has also held academic appointments at Louisiana State University and the University of Miami. Dr. Fuson is an authority on the Columbian voyages and Caribbean exploration and has published extensively in the field, including The Log of Christopher Columbus and numerous other books and scholarly articles. He has extensive experience as a lecturer and in 1986, won the prestigious Webb-Smith Essay Award at the University of Texas-Arlington for a lecture given as part of the Walter Prescott Webb Lecture Series. In addition to his teaching and lecturing experience, Dr. Fuson served as chairman of the Geography Department at the University of Southern Florida for over twenty years. Dr. Fuson received his undergraduate degree at Indiana University and his graduate degrees at Florida State University (M.A.) and the Louisiana State University (Ph.D., 1958).
Oakah L. Jones Jr. is professor emeritus of history at Purdue University. He is an authority on the Spanish frontier in North America (Spanish Borderlands) and Latin American colonial and national history. Dr. Jones is the author of a number of books in the field of Spanish Borderlands history, including Pueblo Warriors and Spanish Conquest and Nueva Vizcaya: Heartland of the Spanish Frontier; in addition, he has edited several books and has contributed over a dozen articles to the scholarly literature. He has served on the editorial board for several important journals, including Journal of the West, Pacific Historical Review, and New MexicoHistorical Review