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Coronado's Golden Quest
Coronado's Golden Quest
(Barbara Weisberg, Alex Haley, Michael Eagle)

Coronado's Golden QuestCoronado's Golden Quest (October 1992)
Coronado's Golden Quest describes Coronado's search for gold in the Southwest and his interaction with the Natives residing there. The first Europeans to explore the American Southwest were Spanish conquistadors. These explorers were looking for "gold, God, and glory". The area was rife with rumors of golden cities filled with riches. After the phenomenal treasures that were discovered in the conquest of the Aztecs, these rumors were eminently believable.
The expeditions invariably included a priest or two, looking to convert the indigenous people to a more civilized religion. And finally, they were looking for new lands to claim for the glory of their king and their personal glory.
Probably the most famous of these Spanish explorers was Francisco Vásquez de Coronado. Coronado spent a great deal of time and effort in his search for the Seven Cities of Cíbola.
Barbara Weisberg is a published poet and the author of several children's books. Some of her published credits include Coronado's Golden Quest (Stories of America), Talking to the Dead: Kate and Maggie Fox and the Rise of Spiritualism and Susan B. Anthony.
Michael Eagle is a published author and an illustrator of several children's books. Some of his published credits include Coronado's Golden Quest (Stories of America), Nothing Is Impossible, Said Nellie Bly (Real Readers Series: Level Blue), A Flag for Our Country (Stories of America) and Gold Fever (Step Into Reading).
Alex Haley, as General Editor, wrote the following introduction:
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.

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