“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
[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