A Most Splendid Company: The Coronado Expedition in Global Perspective (Hardcover)

A Most Splendid Company: The Coronado Expedition in Global Perspective By Richard Flint, Shirley Cushing Flint Cover Image
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Winner of the 2020 Fray Francisco Atanasio Dom nguez Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico

This magisterial volume unveils Richard and Shirley Flint's deep research into the Latin American and Spanish archives in an effort to track down the history of the participants who came north with the Coronado Expedition in 1540. Through their investigation into thousands of baptismal records, proofs of service, letters, journals, and other primary materials, they provide social and cultural documentation on the backgrounds of hundreds of the individuals who embarked on the Coronado expedition.

The resulting data reveal patterns that shed decisive new light on the core reasons behind the Coronado expedition to Tierra Nueva, revealing, most importantly, that the expedition to Tierra Nueva was part of a complex plan to finally complete the Columbian project--that is, to locate a direct, westward route from Spain to the Asian sources of silks, porcelains, spices, and dyes. Along the way the Flints show us, in far greater detail than ever before, the individuals who made up the expedition--members of the upper echelons of Spanish society to thousands of Nahuatl-speaking Natives of Nueva Espa a and largely anonymous slaves, servants, and women who made the enterprise possible and kept it running, with a course set for Asia by land.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780826360229
ISBN-10: 082636022X
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication Date: April 15th, 2019
Pages: 464
Language: English