From Library Journal
Hernando de Soto's tortuous and futile expedition, from 1539 to 1543, in search of imaginary cities of gold marked the first significant European penetration of what was to become the American South. In his previous work, coauthored with Jerald T. Milanich (Hernando de Soto and the Indians of Florida, LJ 1/93), he made use of the archaeological and documentary evidence to establish part of the long-debated route of this epic trek, as well as the "social geography" of the now extinct native peoples. In this long-anticipated study, the author completes in detail the story of the expedition, its route (which went as far as Texas), and the impact on the native chiefdoms. For the latter, contact with the Old World was an "unimaginable calamity," leading to a long decline brought about by military assault, subsequent destabilization, and epidemic disease. This scholarly work, written in an accessible narrative style is likely to be the definitive work on this subject; highly recommended for public and academic libraries.?William F. Young, SUNY at Albany Lib.
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"The definitive work on this subject."--Library Journal
"Hudson has brought alive the world changed by Hernando de Soto and the consequences for those whose home it was."--Times Literary Supplement
"Hudson's masterful new book has raised the level of the discussion for all who will come after him, and he has made an invaluable contribution to the historical understanding of Native American life in the Southeast."--Southern Cultures
"There is much to be learned from this volume. . . . [It] is likely to become the definitive work on the subject."--Latin American Perspectives
"A book of great and lasting importance, making major contributions to geographic, ethnographic, and historical scholarship . . . by far the most persuasive approximation of De Soto's route."--Mississippi Quarterly
"No scholar has spent more energy, enthusiasm and passion in following Governor-General de Soto across the South-East of the United States than Hudson has."--Journal of European Economic History
"This book will stand as the most thorough analysis of the De Soto expedition produced since the 1930s."--Vernon J. Knight Jr., coeditor of The De Soto Chronicles: The Expedition of Hernando de Soto to North America in 1539-1543
"Hovering between specialized archaeological research and compelling lay history, this work is destined for textbook status in the field of de Soto studies, and may shift some roadside markers along the way."--Oxford American