Between 1539 and 1542, two thousand indigenous Mexicans, led by Spanish explorers, made an armed reconnaissance of what is now the American Southwest. The Spaniards' goal was to seize control of the people of the region and convert them to the religion, economy, and way of life of sixteenth-century Spain. The new followers were expected to recognize don Francisco Vazquez de Coronado as their leader. The area's unfamiliar terrain and hostile natives doomed the expedition. The surviving Spaniards returned to Nueva Espana, disillusioned and heavily in debt with a trail of destruction left in their wake that would set the stage for Spain's conflicts in the future.
Flint incorporates recent archaeological and documentary discoveries to offer a new interpretation of how Spaniards attempted to conquer the New World and insight into those who resisted conquest.
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
"In this well-written and engaging volume...Flint uses a wide range of individual accounts that, taken together, provide an amazingly personal description of the Coronado expedition and the responses of indigenous peoples to the encounter...This book is a much needed and fascinating look into one of the most turbulent times in the Americas...Richard Flint has achieved a rare goal in historical writing; he has produced an accessible and enjoyable book that reexamines a topic we though we knew and prompts us to look deeper."-Montana the Magazine of Western History
"To date, there has been no better-written capsule history of this expedition."-New Mexico Magazine
"Well written and informative, [No Settlement, No Conquest] demands the attention of readers interested in the history of the American Southwest and northwestern Mexico."-Spanish Traces
"Well-written and detailed, this text offers readers a close look at an often misunderstood moment in Spanish colonial history."-Southern California Quarterly
"...[a] superb volume...it belongs in every college and university library and on the book shelves of all historians of Texas and the Southwest."-Southwestern Historical Quarterly"The Harvard scholar Richard Marius once wrote that good historical writing gives the impression that the author has worked tremendously hard to learn something and is giving an authoritative guided tour of the knowledge he has attained. This is exactly what Richard Flint's narrative of the Coronado expedition does...No Settlement, No Conquest is...a vibrant, thought-provoking portrait of a colonial society in transition and it deserves the attention of students and scholars alike."-Hispanic American Historical Review
"Flint's commendable work on the Coronado entrada has gone a long way toward clearing up the sixteenth-century Spanish effort in North America."The Journal of Southern History