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Reasons for writing a biography about Esteban

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 09:40
Dennis Herrick

Whenever I read any mention of Esteban, I was struck about how almost every reference was negative, even though no European ever reported seeing the bad acts attributed to him.
     I began to wonder. Why was all the evidence cited against Esteban based on assumptions and nearly 500-year-old negative hearsay? And why were there so many differing and increasingly dramatic versions of his death? I no longer necessarily believe the conventional wisdom that Zunis killed him the day after they first met him.

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Sorry, but there's a date error in biography

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 21:10
Dennis Herrick

Although all my notes and early manuscript versions said March 30, somehow the book ended up with an April 7 date on page 161 for Esteban’s departure from Vacapa. He actually left on March 30, 1539. He left on Passion Sunday, now usually called Palm Sunday, which was a week before Easter Sunday.
     It was Friar Marcos who left on April 7, the day after Easter, as the book states two pages later.

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Bust of Esteban now in St. Petersburg, Florida

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 17:05
Dennis Herrick

A bronze bust of Esteban by the late sculptor John Sherrill Houser will be donated soon to the St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida by author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist James E. MacDougald.
     He is author of the book, The Pánfilo de Narváez Expedition of 1528: Highlights of the Expedition and Determination of the Landing Place, and his research zeroed in on St. Petersburg's Jungle Prada site on Boca Ciega Bay as the place where the first major European expedition entered today's  United States in April 1528.

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Controversy?

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 21:21
Dennis Herrick

Does the Esteban biography disagree with history? Not really. Although it does disagree with the conventional history of him. Even though almost every account states without reservation that Zuni natives killed Esteban in 1539, the biography points out that such a death was based only on assumptions by Mexican Indians reporting to Friar Marcos who admitted they didn't see it happen.
     Actually, nobody knows for sure what happened

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