An important and needed contribution to studies of the Southwest and Colonial Mexico. One of its principal values rest in the interdisciplinary route it charts for historians. Yet its diverse approach offers more general readers a beneficial tool for understanding Southwestern and Southeastern history and the complexities of sixteenth-century colonization.
Any historian who seeks to engage the deep history of North America must, by necessity, deal with the often unfamiliar research of our archaeology and anthropology colleagues. This collection of essays makes for a fantastic starting point.
—Western History Quarterly
This long overdue contribution offers cutting edge research into the nature and respective impacts of Spanish/native interactions in the sixteenth century. . . . it is destined to become a classic reference for serious researchers.
The value of this book lies in its use of rigorously collected archaeological, historical, and scientific data to investigate the many types of cultural entanglement and colonialism that occurred between European and Native peoples in the New World and the varying outcomes these held for the peoples involved. . . . an outstanding piece of research.
—Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology
Despite an extensive documentary record and a century of archaeological investigations into Spanish entradas and Native-European contact sites in North America, a comparative synthesis has long remained elusive. This new collection admirably and effectively succeeds in filling in this formidable gap in Spanish borderlands culture history and research.
The authors focus on several major themes—social, economic, political, military, environmental, and demographic—to explore the first century of interaction between natives and Europeans. It is a comprehensive approach that is a first in the scholarly study of the 16th-century Spanish entradas.
This book represents the most comprehensive scholarly review of
the sixteenth-century entradas yet written.
—Russell K. Skowronek, co-editor of Beneath the Ivory Tower: The Archaeology of Academia
This book makes an important contribution to what will continue
to be an active area of scholarship.
—Gregory A. Waselkov, author of A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813–1814