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This work is based on the study of the key chroniclers and their writings (primarily Menendez's brother-in-law, Gonzalo Solis de Meras, who was with him on the expedition, and Bartolome Barrientos, Professor at the University of Salamanca who several years later wrote a second-hand chronicle of the expedition based on eyewitness accounts.)
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Dr. Mercado is Professor of Latin American Studies at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center as well as the Dean of the City College Division of Interdisciplinary Studies. He has worked on 19th Century Spanish American Literature, History of Ideas, and on the Spanish exploration of what is today the United States.Review:
"... a valuable opportunity [for a scholar] 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 Gonzalez Sanchez University of Seville "... a landmark in scholarship dealing with colonial literature, culture, history, and studies of the early Spanish presence in the USA Southeast..." - Prof. Raquel Chang-Rodriguez The City University of New York"
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