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The Latest Word from 1540: People, Places, and Portrayals of the Coronado Expedition

Edited by Richard Flint
Edited by Shirley Cushing Flint

Winner of the TOMFRA Award, sponsored by the Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association and presented by the Texas Catholic Historical Society

Between 1539 and 1542, some two thousand people under Spanish leadership, mostly Indians from central and western Mexico, made an armed reconnaissance of a place they knew by the name Tierra Nueva, now the American Southwest. They intended to seize control of the people who lived there, in places called Cíbola, Marata, Totonteac, Tiguex, Tusayan, and Quivira. The expedition eventually failed and most of those who survived returned to Nueva España disillusioned and heavily in debt. They left in their wake dislocation and destruction, and their disruptive presence set the stage for further friction when the Spaniards next entered the region.

This book examines the environmental and cultural impact of the Coronado expedition while also placing it in the context of what was happening in Mexico as Spain expanded west and north of Mexico City. Including multidisciplinary studies by archaeologists, historians, and others, the volume gives a much fuller biographical account of the actual members of the expedition as well as a clearer understanding of how and where this large assemblage moved each day.


Richard Flint and Shirley Cushing Flint are also the editors of The Coronado Expedition: From the Distance of 460 Years.They live in Villanueva, New Mexico.


"Make no mistake about it, this is a well written, well edited, and well researched book. It is highly recommended for high school and college students, as well as the general reader. A must read for anyone interested in the history of the Southwest, Native Americans, or Mexico."


Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources

"A great resource for detailed information and ongoing historical analysis of the Coronado expedition. Highly recommended."



"For anyone interested in the Coronado Expedition, this collection provides an interesting look at the many varieties of scholarship currently embarked on in so many disciplines."


Southwestern Historical Quarterly

6 x 9 in. 520 pages 29 halftones, 16 maps, 19 charts