History and Southwest

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Coronado on the Turquoise Trail: Knight of Pueblos and Plains

Herbert E. Bolton

Herbert E. Bolton’s classic of southwestern history, first published in 1949, delivers the epic account of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado’s sixteenth-century entrada to the North American frontier of the Spanish Empire. Leaving Mexico City in 1540 with some three hundred Spaniards and a large body of Indian allies, Coronado and his men—the first Europeans to explore what are now Arizona and New Mexico—continued on to the buffalo-covered plains of Texas and into Oklahoma and Kansas. With documents in hand, Bolton personally followed the path of the Coronado expedition, providing readers with unsurpassed storytelling and meticulous research.


Herbert E. Bolton (1870–1953) taught at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1911 to 1944. His numerous books established him as the premiere historian of Spain in North America.

John L. Kessell, professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, is the author or editor of many books, including A Settling of Accounts: The Journals of don Diego de Vargas, New Mexico, 1700–1704 (UNM Press).


“To the history and understanding of the Spanish Southwest (Bolton) has rendered as great a service as Frederick Jackson Turner rendered to the history and understanding of the West.”


American Historical Review

“The dramatic story of the first European exploration of our continent’s southwestern quarter by the Coronado expedition of 1540–1542 is here retold by a master historian.”


Pacific Historical Review

“Provide(s) one of the most detailed accounts of Coronado’s expedition.”


Terrae Incognitae

7 x 10.25 in. 464 pages 1 halftone, 3 maps