By Donald Eugene Chipman, Harriet Denise Joseph
Drawing from their past e-book and adapting the language and material to the studying point and pursuits of center and highschool scholars, the authors right here current the boys and ladies of Spanish Texas for younger grownup readers and their academics.
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Mendoza chose as his scout a priest named Father Marcos de Niza. Since Niza had never been to the north country, he needed a guide. The viceroy bought the African slave named Stephen, who had been one of the Four Ragged Castaways, and sent him back to the country he had escaped from. Keeping Niza company was another priest and several Indian helpers who carried supplies and equipment. But Stephen was to lead the way. As the party moved up the west coast of Mexico, the priest who accompanied Father Niza fell ill and had to be sent home.
George is managing editor of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and assistant director of the Texas State Historical Association. He is also a good friend. George remarked that in traveling around the state of Texas, one public school teacher after another has asked him why there was so little in print on Texas history—other than textbooks—for adolescents. Teachers who wanted to assign reports on such individuals as Coronado, Cabeza de Vaca, or the Lady in Blue could find little other than adult-level works.
But he began to learn things about them, which he later set down in his book The Account. He found out that Indians along the Texas coast, known as the Mariames, regularly killed girl babies and fed their bodies to dogs. Don Alvar asked them why they would do such a terrible thing. Like those Indians you have already read about who did not take care of old people, the answer made sense. The Mariames were a small group of Indians, and most of them were related to each other. It was not possible for their young women to marry a brother or a cousin, for this would amount to incest.