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The Navajos in 1705: Roque Madrid's Campaign Journal

Edited by Rick Hendricks
Edited by John P. Wilson

This long-lost journal, now available in paperback, gives a unique look into the old Navajo country. Recently rediscovered, it is both the earliest and only extensive eyewitness account of the traditional Navajo homeland in the eighteenth century. It reveals new information on Hispanic New Mexico and relations with the Indians.

For the first twenty days in August of 1705, Roque Madrid led about 100 Spanish soldiers and citizens together with some 300 Pueblo Indian allies on a 312-mile march in retaliation for Navajo raiding. The bilingual text permits appreciation of the unusually literate and dramatic journal. Historical and archeological data are carefully tapped to retrace the route.
"This account sets a new standard for the publication of such documents. . . . I consider it a gem."--David M. Brugge, author of The Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute


David M. Brugge is a retired National Park Service anthropologist and independent researcher who lives in Albuquerque.

Rick Hendricks is an historical consultant to the Rio Grande Historical Collections at New Mexico State University. He is also the author of The Navajos in 1705 and was an editor of the six-volume Vargas Project (both UNM Press).

John P. Wilson is also the editor of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid as I Knew Them: Reminiscences of John P. Meadow and When the Texans Came: Missing Records from the Civil War in the Southwest, 1861–1862.


"The rich rewards of this very successful example of professional cooperation . . . takes the reader on a present-day journey over the same territory . . . this is an excellent publication."


The Indian Trader

" . . . unique and illuminating . . . (the authors') introduction, translation, and editorial format are of the highest quality . . . the maps and photographs are a high quality and relevant to the text . . . The Navajos in 1705 is marvelous . . ."


Western Historical Quarterly

5.5 x 8 in. 200 pages 24 halftones, 5 maps