Stan Hoig's posthumously published Came Men on Horses offers the author's contribution to the study of the Spanish expeditions to Quivira led by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado in 1541 and by Juan de Oñate in 1601. The author's knowledge of the history and topography of the Great Plains allows him to propose a new route for Oñate's expedition; this is perhaps the most original and insightful element of the study, though it is likely to be challenged by scholars, since it is based on conjectures more than facts. Hoig justifies the alternative route that he proposes with a detailed time line and a set of educated inferences that will be of special relevance to geographers and archaeologists, in particular to those in search of remnants of the 1601 expedition.

The book is divided in two major parts, respectively devoted to each of...

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