Cities of Gold

Cities of Gold

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In 1539, the priest Marcos de Niza was sent by Coronado to explore unknown lands north of "New Spain." He returned with a report on the Seven Cities of Cibola, fabled "cities of gold." More than four hundred and fifty years later, Kevin Scott, an archaeologist working for a land developer, is told to investigate the route on which de Niza led Coronado's expedition. Scott discovers documents which prove that de Niza, whose account was discredited, was neither a liar nor a fraud, but a victim of others' greed. But Scott's boss only wants to be able to tell investors that the proposed site of "Coronado Estates" is "historically important" . . . but not so important that development can't proceed. As Scott becomes ever more frustrated in his attempts to make public his findings, what started as suggestions from the company turn to threats and violence. Hartmann uses actual letters and reports by de Niza, Coronado, and Cortes to create a novel with the texture of living history. Culminating with the betrayal of de Niza in the sixteenth century and the modern betrayal of Kevin Scott, the result is a powerful indictment of greed and ambition.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 107 x 170 x 38.1mm | 247g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0765340682
  • 9780765340689

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"An important novel about American heritage, part history and part mystery. Bill Hartmann tells a splendid tale of the first European expeditions into the American Southwest and links it to a modern adventure. He explores the uses of history in our often surreal world and dramatizes the inherent conflict between sense of place and the age-old American drive to get rich quick."--Stewart Udall, Secretary of the Interior under President John F. Kennedy "Hartmann is both a distinguished scientist and novelist; here, he draws parallel modern and ancient stories together with extraordinary flair and authority. He has a thorough knowledge of the documentary materials from the 1530s, and has traveled extensively in search of the Marcos route. The reader is left with the feeling, 'Yes, it could have happened just like that!'"--Carroll L. Riley Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University, author of" The Frontier People "and "Rio del Norte" ""Cities of Gold "is a well-rounded treatment of the mystery of Marcos de Niza. The book weaves together two stories, one modern and one 450 years old, playing them against each other in a way that gives more depth and life to both."--Richard Flint, lead editor of" The Coronado Expedition to Tierra Nueva: The 1540-1542 Route Across the Southwest"
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About William K. Hartmann

William K. Hartmann, first winner of the Carl Sagan Medal, is the author of the novel "Mars Underground" and many highly regarded popular and academic scientific works; his photo-essay book, "Desert Heart," is a hauntingly beautiful testament to the Southwest he loves. A planetary scientist, he lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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