Reviews of the book


Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America

“A well-crafted and thorough synthesis of the existing documentary evidence and the most recent scholarly speculations regarding the life of the black African Moor who played a pivotal role in the earliest Spanish reconnaissance of what is now the southern United States and northwest Mexico.”
—Richard Flint, author of No Settlement, No Conquest: A History of the Coronado Entrada

“Dennis Herrick has written a book that offers a fresh perspective on one of the most elusive men in early American history. One of the four survivors of the disastrous Narváez expedition of 1528, Esteban traveled from Florida...into Mexico....Herrick shifts the emphasis of this epic journey from Cabeza de Vaca to Esteban, giving him the credit denied him by generations of Eurocentric scholars....Herrick argues persuasively that the Odyssey of Cabeza de Vaca was also the Odyssey of Esteban.”
—Abraham Hoffman, in review in Roundup, the magazine of the Western Writers of America

"[This book's] research concerning the first black explorer of North America, and the first non-Native American to enter today’s Arizona and New Mexico, is the most comprehensive examination yet of the facts and myths surrounding this important figure in American history."
—James MacDougald, author of The Pánfilo de Narváez Expedition of 1528

"Dennis Herrick mines the original Spanish documents [in Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America]....He tells the tale anew here as a biography of the slave Esteban....Herrick takes on several themes in the exploration of this fascinating life."
--Pete Warzel, The Historic Santa Fe Foundation

"I really enjoyed this book. While reading, I anxiously awaited the chronicles of Esteban’s life as an explorer in North America. After a few chapters that laid the foundation for his adventures, I was captivated reading about Esteban’s life and his involvement in the exploration. Herrick's’ book aims to chronicle Esteban’s part in our history and to portray a more accurate picture of Esteban and the explorers he accompanied."
--Craig Carter, Amazon reviewer

"It is a fascinating story; Esteban’s accomplishments need to be acknowledged.  Thank you for your important research and your wonderful book."
--Gail, New Mexico reader


"In his diligently researched biography, Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America, Dennis Herrick demonstrates how the powerless don’t get much acknowledgement in history. Esteban, who became the first person from the Old World to enter what is now the American Southwest of Arizona and New Mexico, is certainly a worthy historical figure....The biography is a product of scholarship that should be required reading in university studies of the American Southwest and Latin America. For non-scholarly readers, the story of the African slave teaches that strength of mind and body, diligence and the willingness to learn, combined with fortuitous good fortune, can propel achievement beyond expectations."
--Tim Coder, author of War Without End, Amen


 "I love your book [Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America]. You've done such great research there, checking out Morroccan histories, etc. That book is bound to become a key resource on that subject."
--Lawrence R. Gustin, author of David Buick's Marvelous Motor Car and of Billy Durant: Creator of General Motors