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Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the Southwest (edition 1999)

by Douglas Preston (Author)

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Title:Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the Southwest
Authors:Douglas Preston (Author)
Info:University of New Mexico Press (1999), Edition: Reprint, 480 pages
Tags:USA, History, Travel, Non Fiction

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Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest by Douglas Preston


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This is engaging tale of a journey by horseback through the rugged mountain and desert wilderness of Arizona and New Mexico. The author retraces the route of the 1540-1541 expedition of the Spanish Explorer Coronado. Preston attempts to catch a glimpse of what this area was like when those Europeans first passed through. He survives the life-risking journey and unveils how much and how little the land and people of the Southwest have changed. lj ( )
  eduscapes | Apr 15, 2011 |
What a fascinating trip that must have been! I found out more about Native Americans than I ever knew (and I thought I knew US history). As Mr. Preston was prompted by his surroundings to tell the tales, the characters came alive for me. Unfortunately, I was feeling ashamed how people could so blatantly act the way they did to dislocate or spoil homelands for the true inhabitants of the area told in many of his accounts, but found them engaging, nonetheless. An interesting and very worthwhile read. ( )
  mrodger | Mar 18, 2010 |
(Travel) - A Journey across the American Southwest in Pursuit of Coronado ( )
  pharrm | Jan 28, 2010 |
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This riveting true story recounts the author’s journey on horseback across Arizona and New Mexico, retracing Coronado’s desperate search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. First published in 1992 and now available only from UNM Press, this classic adventure tale reveals the Southwest as it was when Europeans first saw it and shows how much, and how little, it has changed. “The great myth of the American West,” Preston writes, “is that there was a winning of it.”

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Douglas Preston's Cities of Gold is a riveting account of his journey in the footsteps of Coronado, the legendary 16th-century explorer and conquistador who led the first European expedition through the American Southwest. Preston and a friend, Walter Nelson, set out on horseback across one thousand miles of vast deserts and unknown mountains retracing Coronado's search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold. Forced to battle extremes of heat and cold, impenetrable mesquite.thickets, bad water, and paralyzing drought, they nonetheless find the country awesome in its scale and beauty - with much of it so untouched that it is recognizable from descriptions in Coronado's reports. Where Preston encounters various people - cowboys, ranchers, crazy old eccentrics - he listens to them talk about their lives, about growing up, and how the West has changed. His journey also takes him through a number of isolated Indian settlements, where he meets.some of the actual descendants of the people who fought Coronado. At the heart of the book is Preston's search for a new understanding of that shocking moment when Europeans first fought Indians within the borders of what would become America - and the fatal consequences that resulted. For what Preston finds when he rediscovers the actual ruins of the Seven Cities of Gold, as well as in the haunting stories of the Indians, and the reminiscences of the old cowboys and.ranchers, is not the triumph of Manifest Destiny, but something far more complex and mysterious. "The great myth of the American West," Preston writes, "is that there was a winning of it." Cities of Gold weaves in his adventures along the trail with unforgettable portraits of such Indian leaders as Geronimo, Cochise, and the Zuni governor Palowahtiwa, lively stories of gun battles and feuds, and memories of cattle drives, dust, and the vanished open range. Preston's.vivid descriptions of the landscapes, people and history of the American Southwest put him in the company of such distinguished travel writers as Paul Theroux, Ian Frazier, and Jonathan Raban. In the end, Cities of Gold leaves the reader with an indelible portrait of the Southwest - as it was when Europeans first saw it and what it has become today. Like Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, it has the unmistakable ring of a classic.… (more)

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