A monumental work—one of the key texts on the Spanish conquest and colonization of northern New Spain. . . an unparalleled account of the early contact period from a man who experienced many of the events of that period first-hand. . . an absolutely essential volume for anyone who wants to understand the colonial encounter in southwestern North America.
—Southwestern Mission Research Center Newsletter
What else but monumental? Oversize, ponderous, and carefully presented in a readable, annotated edition, this indisputably basic work on seventeenth-century ethnohistory should revive interest in the benefits of painstaking scholarship. . . . The accomplishments of the team of scholars who produced this volume cannot be underestimated. It will stand as one of the great landmarks in the historiography of the Americas.
—Catholic Historical Review
A major primary source [for] historians, anthropologists, and literary scholars who work on colonial themes of Ibero-America . . . Father Andrés Pérez de Ribas would be pleased.
This translation of the single most comprehensive ethnohistorical source on northwest Mexico in the first half of the seventeenth century is a welcome addition to the scholarly literature of the region. . . . Pérez de Ribas's chronical of the Jesuit missionary enterprise among a number of northwestern indigenous groups offers a wealth of information to those able to read knowledgeably and imaginatively enough to sift the Indian ethnographies from the Jesuit worldview. . . . A superior translation.