The Hernando de Soto Expedition: History, Historiography, and "Discovery" in the Southeast

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reading of this work feeling unsettled is in a way fitting, because repression, exclusivity, and one-sidedness continue to receive hegemonic endorsement in many quarters and must still be combated today just as in Garcilaso's times. Cultural mediation remains, as Bruce-Novoa tells us, tricky business.
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The author is grateful to the American Association of University Women for awarding her its Enda Rowe Scholarship to begin the research on Garcilaso in Peru in 1979-80, and to the University of Houston for a semester's Faculty Development Leave in order to write this essay.
1. John Grier Varner and Jeannette Johnson Vamer, trans., The Florida of the Inca: A history of the Adelantado, Hernando de Soto, Governor and Captain General of the kingdom of Florida, and of other heroic Spanish and Indian cavaliers, written by the Inca, Garcilaso de la Vega . . . ( Austin: University of Texas Press, 1980). References to Garcilaso's text throughout will be to this accessible translation.
2. Aurelio Miró Quesada, "Creación y elaboración de La Florida del Inca," in Centro de Estudios Histórico-Militares del Perú, Nuevos estudios sobre el Inca Garcilaso de la Vega ( Lima, 1956), 87-122.
3. Two studies that superbly address these questions are Enrique Pupo-Walker Historia, creación y profecía en los textos del Inca Garcilaso de la Vega ( Madrid: José Porrú Turanzas, 1982); and Margarita Zamora's Language, Authority and Indigenous History in the Comentarios reales de los Incas ( Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988).
4. See Rolena Adorno, "Literary Production and Suppression: Reading and Writing about Amerindians in Colonial Spanish America," Dispositio 11, Numbers 28-29 ( 1985): 1-25; see also Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, "Sobre la vertiente filosófica de La Florida de Inca," in her Violencia y subversión en la prosa colonial hispanoamericana, siglos XVI y XVII, Studia Humanitatis ( Madrid: José Porrúa Turanzas, 1982), 21-40; and see John Grier Varner, El Inca, The Life and Times of Garcilaso de la Vega ( Austin: University of Texas Press, 1968), 312-15.
5. On the mixed signals La Florida emits to the modern reader, see my dissertation, "Reading the Chronicle of Indies: Garcilaso de la Vega's La Florida del Inca," Arizona State University, 1982.
6. David Henige, "The Context, Content, and Credibility of La Florida del Ynca," The Americas 43 ( 1986/87): 1-12.
7. All biographical information, unless otherwise noted, comes from Vamer's biography (note 7 above), which is still considered the best source.
8. See José Durand, "La biblioteca del Inca," Nueva Revista de Filolog­a Hispánica 2 ( 1948): 239-64; and Bruno Migliorini, C. Olschki, and José Durand, "Sobre la biblioteca del Inca," Nueva Revista de Filología Hispánica 3 ( 1949): 166-70.
9. Riccardo Scrivano, "Platonic and Cabalistic Elements in the Hebrew Culture of Renaissance Italy: Leone Ebreo and his Dialoghi d'amore," in Konrad Eisenbichler and Olga Zorzi Pugliese, "Ficino and Renaissance Platonism", University of Toronto Italian Studies I ( Ottawa: Dovehouse Editions, 1986), 136; for the significance of syncretism in

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