The Historia de la nueva México is an epic poem written by Gaspar de Villagrá, a criollo from Puebla, Mexico, which was published in 1610 in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. It recounts the story of the expedition led by Juan de Oñate that established the first Spanish settlement in what is today the US Southwest, in which the poet himself participated. In the last 20 years, the poem has become a frequent theme in academic studies, as part of a renewal of scholarly interest in epic poetry. The book reviewed here presents five studies about the poet and his work; it is the third volume of a trilogy that includes the first biography of the poet (Gaspar de Villagrá: Legista, soldado y poeta [2009]) and an annotated edition of the poem (Historia de la nueva México [2010]), the best and...

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