Menéndez de Avilés and La Florida. Chronicles of His Expeditions

Author: Mercado, Juan Carlos
Mercado, Juan Carlos
Year:2010
Pages:444
ISBN:0-7734-3705-0
978-0-7734-3705-3
Price:299.95
This edition of the chronicles written about Menéndez de Avilés, his explorations,
settlement and governorship of La Florida is the first annotated publication of the
expeditions' chronicles available to an English audience. These documents offer both
primary source data as well as contextual information concerning Spanish colonial history and culture. Many of the documents underscore differences between the conquest of La Florida and of Mexico and Peru while stressing imperial power struggles and the important role of fashioning the image of a conquistador.

Reviews

“[Scholars] will find in this book... a valuable opportunity to expand his or her knowledge and to witness a geography that was in the 16th century mythical, complex and menacing; the life, deeds, drama and aspirations of its inhabitants, old and new, and, in sum, the thrilling events Mercado’s exquisite work offers us.”
­-Prof. Carlos Alberto González Sánchez, University of Seville

"a landmark in scholarship dealing with colonial literature, culture, history, and studies of the early Spanish presence in the USA Southeast....Professor Mercado as editor, and Professor Callahan as translator, should be commended for the fine job in making available these documents to the general and academic public in a reliable edition and a readable translation."
-Prof. Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, The City University of New York

From the Foreword
"...a careful and meticulous revision of these texts to bring them as close as possible to the original versions. [Mercado’s] detailed annotations bring concise clarity to the language and the now arcane vocabulary. This edition has greatly enriched and made far more accessible two fundamental chronicles essential to the understanding and awareness of the early settlement and colonization of La Florida. The translation of this edition along with its notes and introduction further broadens access to these important works."
-Prof. Isaías Lerner, The City University of New York

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Forward
by Isaías Lerner Aknowledgments

Introduction

Memorial written by Doctor Gonzalo Solís de Merás, of all the expeditions and feats of Captain General Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, his brother-in-law, and of the Conquest of Charity and Justice that he executed on Jean Ribault and other Frenchmen 1565
Life and deeds of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Knight of the Order of Santiago, Captain General of Florida, wherein at length are discussed the conquests and settlements of the province of Florida and how they were liberated from the Lutherans who had taken power of them. Composed by Master Barrientos, Professor of Salamanca
Bibliography
Index