[Dobyns's] probing history of the Spanish colonial times in the frontier desert colony says more than any other single source on early Tucson. Dobyns structures his study on the familiar institutional format of mission and presidio. Tracing the development of the community from Indian times into the era of Christian conversion.
Scholarship throughout is meticulous; excellent notes are provided and a very good bibliography is included. The demography presented here is most interesting.
—Pacific Historical Review