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Historia de la Nueva Mexico, 1610: A Critical and Annotated Spanish/English Edition


Gaspar Villagrá
Edited and Translated by Miguel Encinias
Edited and Translated by Alfred Rodriguez
Edited and Translated by Joseph P. Sánchez

One of the first travel journals of its kind to be published, this epic poem about Juan de Oñate's entrada that led to the founding of Nueva México in 1598 (to become the state of New Mexico 314 years later) is full of the hopes and dreams of those who traveled with Oñate. Historia de la Nueva México, 1610 was written fourteen years before John Smith's History of Virginia. Its thirty-four cantos have long been considered a key source for early New Mexico history and this bilingual Spanish/English version presents it as literature.

By situating Historia de la Nueva México, 1610 within the Hispanic literary heritage, the work is restored to the canon of American literature.


Part of the Pasó por Aquí Series on the Nuevomexicano Literary Heritage


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Alfred Rodríguez is professor emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Joseph P. Sánchez, longtime director of the Spanish Colonial Research Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, is currently superintendent of the Petroglyph National Monument.

Alfred Rodríguez is professor emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Joseph P. Sánchez, longtime director of the Spanish Colonial Research Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, is currently superintendent of the Petroglyph National Monument.

Miguel Encinias resides in Albuquerque.

ACCLAIM

"This classic history of New Mexico is recommended for students of history and literature, as well as for the general reader interested in the early Hispanic settlement of the southwestern United States."

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Colonial Latin American Historical Review



"Pérez de Villagra's epic poem chronicles his journeys with the Oñate expedition as the legendary group traveled from El Paso to explore New Mexico, experiencing hunger, thirst and deprivations and gory conflicts as they struggled to reach Santa Fe. The language is rich, eloquent and often lovely, but, like the original expedition, this is not a journey for the fainthearted. The author pulls no punches about the violence and agonies of the expedition."

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Las Cruces Sun-News



"This handsome critical and annotated edition..sets the bar impressively high..for all subsequent scholarship dedicated to the colonial period in the American Southwest."

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Catholic Southwest




8.5 x 11 in. 416 pages 4 halftones, 1 maps