Esteban: A long-overdue biography


The first biography of a forgotten historical figure, Esteban, much maligned when he is mentioned at all in histories of early America, will be published October 15 by University of New Mexico Press.
     When Pueblo Indians say, "The first white man our people saw was a black man," they are referring to Esteban and his arrival in 1539.


     This biography highlights Esteban's importance in early America's history, where he is usually referred to by his slave nickname of Estevanico. Such condescension toward the Moroccan slave has carried over into most history books.
     This biography dispels the myths and lies about Esteban that for centuries have attacked his character and belittled his accomplishments
     In the book, Esteban is given full credit for his courage, his skill as a linguist, and his stature as a cultural intermediary who was trusted and respected by natives from many tribes across the continent.


Add new comment

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.