This remarkable new study fleshes out both explorers and natives, revealing nearly forgotten fluctuations of power and persuasion. Detailed archaeological evidence and meticulous scholarly investigations make this book especially valuable in academia, but Hartmann's joyful Indiana Jones–esque attitude will both educate general readers and keep them rapt.
What an incredible scope and subject!
—Craig Childs, Orion Book Award-winning author of Apocalyptic Planet and The Secret Knowledge of Water
This book is a must-read for archaeologists, ethnohistorians, historians, and those interested in the skullduggery and the stories behind the stories of the opening years of the Spanish exploration of North America.
—Russell K. Skowronek, co-editor of Beneath the Ivory Tower: The Archaeology of Academia
This is a thoughtful re-examination of the original data relating to the two Spanish expeditions. Hartmann takes the work of current scholars in the field and adds his own insights.
—Charles R. Ewen, co-author of X Marks the Spot: The Archaeology of Piracy
Scientist and historian Bill Hartmann has made significant contributions to our understanding of the report of fray Marcos de Niza, the first European to reach the American Southwest. Now he looks at a wider sweep of both time and geography, revealingly linking the events and people of the conquest of Mexico under Hernando Cortés with the journey to Cíbola led almost two decades later by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado.
—Richard Flint, author of No Settlement, No Conquest: A History of the Coronado Entrada