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Coronado's Golden Quest
Introduction By Alex Haley, General Editor
Over 450 years ago, New Spain was the center of the Spanish empire in North America. It was an empire based on conquest. Its wealth was taken from the conquered Aztecs of Mexico and the Incas of Peru.
Then reports came into New Spain of great cities of gold to the north. General Francisco Coronado was sent to find these cities and to claim their wealth for the Spanish King. Coronado lead an enormous army of exploration and conquest into what is now the Southwest of the United States.
Coronado's Golden Quest tells the story of the search for the cities of gold. Once this would have been a simple adventure story. But today we know that the stories of our past are almost never simple. We know that there is almost always more than one side to the story.
Barbara Weisberg's book describes the hardships Coronado and his army encountered. But it also describes the hardships they bring to the people whose lands they have invaded. It tells of the courage and determination of the Spanish soldiers. And it tells of the courage and determination of the Cicuyans and Quiverans as they resist the Spanish conquerors.
It remains an exciting adventure story. It's just not a simple one. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above Foreword by Alex Haley is presented under the Creative Commons License. © 1993 Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
Coronado's Golden Quest • Reviews
"Determined to find the fabled cities of gold to the north of Mexico, Francisco Coronado leads an army of conquistadors into the lands that now make up the southwestern United States. American Indian leaders seek to protect their land and people from Coronado's army." - Cambium Learning.
"Francisco Vásquez de Coronado was a Spaniard who traveled north through Mexico into what is now the Southwestern United States. He was searching for the 'Seven Golden Cities of Cibola' that the Indians had told him about. He never found them, but he did find the Grand Canyon and the pueblo villages of the Hopi and Zuni Indians." - California Online Resources For Education.
"Francisco Coronado was a Spanish explorer known for discovering the Grand Canyon. He searched for the 'Seven Golden Cities of Cibola,' which were actually the Zuni Pueblos. The town streets were paved sunbaked clay, not gold, and the walls were covered with worthless stones, not jewels. Coronado continued his search and traveled through Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. His search had been useless. His exploration did give Spain a claim to Arizona, Oklahoma, Florida and Kansas. It also strengthened her claim in Texas and New Mexico. Horses and cattle that were abandoned became the bases of herds that roamed the west." - Tower Books.