Fray Alonso de Benavides's History of New Mexico, 1630
By Alonso de Benavides
Edited and Translated by Baker H. Morrow
$19.95 Paperback 978-0-8263-5157-9 May 2012
The most thorough account ever written of southwestern life in the early seventeenth century, this engaging book was first published in 1630 as an official report to the king of Spain by Fray Alonso de Benavides, a Portuguese Franciscan who was the third head of the mission churches of New Mexico.
This book is one of the great first-person accounts of the Spanish conquest of the Americas in the sixteenth century. Morrow's new translation makes Cabeza de Vaca's adventures available to a wide English-speaking audience for the first time.