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.
In 1927 Clyde Eddy recruited a handful of college students to serve as crewmen and loaded them, a hobo, a mongrel dog, and a bear cub into three boats and set out to travel the length of the Colorado River. This book is the original narrative of that foolhardy and thrilling adventure.