Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca was the first European to cross the North American continent. This remarkable book is his odyssey, first written in 1542 as an official report to the king of Spain under the title La Relación.
This thought-provoking book by the leading authority on Turner presents the results of modern research in history and the behavioral sciences, concluding that in many ways the Turner hypothesis is a valid one.
The California Gold Rush was only the first of a series of rushes that brought the first permanent settlers to much of the Far West between 1848 and 1880. Despite a flood of popular writings on separate mining regions, this book is the first to view the entire movement as an integral part of the settlement process.