By Juan Bautista Chapa,William C. Foster,Ned F. Brierley
In the 17th century, South Texas and Northeastern Mexico shaped El Nuevo Reino de León, a frontier province of recent Spain. In 1690, Juan Bautista Chapa penned a richly exact heritage of Nuevo León for the years 1630 to 1690. even if his Historia de Nuevo León was no longer released until eventually 1909, it has due to the fact been acclaimed because the key modern rfile for any ancient examine of Spanish colonial Texas.
This e-book bargains the single actual and annotated English translation of Chapa's Historia. as well as the interpretation, William C. Foster additionally summarizes the Discourses of Alonso de León (the elder), which conceal the years 1580 to 1649. within the appendix, Foster encompasses a translation of Alonso (the more youthful) de León's formerly unpublished revised diary of the 1690 excursion to East Texas and an alphabetical directory of over eighty Indian tribes pointed out during this book.
Chapa used to be additionally an expert at the neighborhood Indians, and his Historia lists the names and destinations of over three hundred Indian tribes. this data, including descriptions of the plants, flora and fauna, and weather in seventeenth-century Texas, make this ebook crucial analyzing for ethnographers, anthropologists, and biogeographers, in addition to scholars and students of Spanish borderlands history.