The Journey of Coronado

Read by Sue Anderson

(4.5 stars; 26 reviews)

In 1540, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado led an army from Mexico is search of the fabled golden cities of Cíbola. The Spaniards found no riches—instead, the Grand Canyon, the vast buffalo plains, and the pueblos of Zuni and Pecos. The narratives in this volume are all first-hand accounts of the Coronado expedition--raw, gripping, spirit-stirring--translated from the Spanish by George Parker Winship. The primary account was written by Pedro de Castañeda, a soldier in Coronado’s army. Letters from Coronado to the viceroy of Mexico and the Spanish king are also included. (Summary by Sue Anderson) (7 hr 8 min)


00 - Introduction by George Parker Winship 12:14 Read by Sue Anderson
01 - Preface; Part 1, Chs. 1-3 22:25 Read by Sue Anderson
02 - Part 1, Chs. 4-8 21:08 Read by Sue Anderson
03 - Part 1, Chs. 9-10 17:57 Read by Sue Anderson
04 - Part 1, Chs. 11-13 21:17 Read by Sue Anderson
05 - Part 1, Chs. 14-16 23:10 Read by Sue Anderson
06 - Part 1, Chs. 17-20 24:35 Read by Sue Anderson
07 - Part 1, Chs. 21-22 15:43 Read by Sue Anderson
08 - Part 2, Chs. 1-3 19:32 Read by Sue Anderson
09 - Part 2, Chs. 4-6 18:12 Read by Sue Anderson
10 - Part 2, Chs. 7-8 11:19 Read by Sue Anderson
11 - Part 3, Chs. 1-3 14:44 Read by Sue Anderson
12 - Part 3, Chs. 4-7 22:04 Read by Sue Anderson
13 - Part 3, Chs. 8-9 13:20 Read by Sue Anderson
14 - Mendoza to the King, April 17, 1540 15:09 Read by Sue Anderson
15 - Coronado to Mendoza, August 3, 1540, Parts 1-2 21:58 Read by Sue Anderson
16 - Coronado to Mendoza, August 3, 1540, Parts 3-4 23:34 Read by Sue Anderson
17 - Traslado de las Nuevas, Anonymous 18:24 Read by Sue Anderson
18 - Relacion del Suceso, Anonymous 27:15 Read by Sue Anderson
19 - Coronado to the King, October 20, 1541 15:36 Read by Sue Anderson
20 - Narrative of Jaramillo 31:55 Read by Sue Anderson
21 - Report of Hernando de Alvarado 5:34 Read by Sue Anderson
22 - Testimony Concerning Those Who Went on the Expedition 11:42 Read by Sue Anderson


(4 stars)

Sue Anderson is a great reader - one of my favorites on LibriVox. This is a good, but not great book. The writing is a bit self-righteous, and the later parts containing the direct correspondence of Coronado and others from the period during the expedition is practically insufferable in its humble-bragging and false flattery. Again, context makes that understandable I guess. It is a bit repetitive, giving similar accounts over and over. On the other hand it's an account of an expedition, so it describes what they were encountering. Shackleton's Antarctic book is somewhat repetitious too, but I liked that a lot. All in all this is fine though, especially if, like me, you enjoy the travel and expedition genre. Sue is great but the text not the most riveting, so I have it 4 stars.


(5 stars)

Great first person account of the exploration of what would become the United States and of the original inhabitants. Great listen!

Raycyst propoganda

(5 stars)

Makes Coronado out to be a comquerer as opposed to being an oppressed BIPOC. All school children know that Brown people were the original inhabitants of the America's, and that they were displaced by evil white people. This heretanfical work says that brown people were in fact colonizers. This is antihistorical and raycyst. I can not wrap my head around the fact that the author claims brown people displaced red people. It must have been written by an old white qperson to justify the stealing of California by Donald Trump