The value of this collection to students and specialists lies in an expanded understanding of regional history during the Porfiriato, an appreciation for the range of local sources available, and a stimulus to further investigation. The reinterpretation given the Porfiriato also broadens our knowledge of the forces leading to the revolution and still influencing the nation today.
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.
More than providing a compendium of southwestern Indian history and culture, this remarkable book gives the reader an understanding of and appreciation for the unique lifeways of these peoples whose philopophy, the author believes, may be our one great resource for peace.