Book review: "Came men on horses: the conquistador expeditions of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and Don Juan de Onate"
Blakeslee, Donald J.
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Donald J. Blakeslee. "Came Men on Horses: The Conquistador Expeditions of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado and Don Juan de Oñate by Stan Hoig (review)." Great Plains Quarterly 34.4 (2014): 395-395
This is likely to be the last work we are apt to see from the journalist and historian Stan Hoig, who died in 2009, four years before this book was published. I mention this because it is clear that his manuscript was finished by someone who was working, in part, from some rough notes. The title promises less than the book delivers, as Hoig also describes the expeditions of Chamuscado, Espejo, Castaño de Sosa, and Bonilla and Humaña. Most of the book, however, concerns the 1540 to 1542 Coronado expedition and the 1598 to 1607 Oñate colonization of New Mexico and exploration of adjacent regions. Hoig emphasizes the motivations of the main participants, their personalities, and the political maneuvering involved. He also pays particular attention to the routes Coronado and Oñate took during their entradas onto the Plains.
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