"Hoig tells this story with a sharp eye for human detailssometimes gruesome but nonetheless compelling detailsthat bring Coronado, Oñate, and other Spanish soldiers and priests alive in ways that I have never read. After examining Hoig's account, I will never see the Spanish entrada or conquest in the same way. . . Parts of this manuscript left me stunned."
Durwood Ball, University of New Mexico
"Came Men on Horses by Stan Hoig is mesmerizing . . . The unvarnished facts about the entradas of Coronado and Oñate, like those of other conquistadors, force readers to some uncomfortable conclusions about human behavior, its cruelty and an rapaciousness, but there is evidence of human courage, tenacity and the desire for personal enrichment."
Virginia Simmons, Colorado Central Magazine
"Hoig gives the reader a virtual treasure trove of historical information in a variety of waysnarrative, research references and illustrations. For early American history buffs, this book is a must, and for the general reader, it offers a deeper look into stories of our early American history. Hoig presents us with a perspective unlike the ones given during our early school years."
Paul R. Lehman, Sunday Oklahoman
“Recreating the past as lived experience (however unsavory we find the actions and attitudes of those who lived it) is central to historical scholarship, and Hoig manages to bring the conquistadors to life.”
Tom Arne Midtrød, Kansas History
"This relatively small book covers a great scope of history admirably, thanks to Hoig's ability to summarize events clearly and provide broad overviews. It is a welcome addition to Southwest scholarship."
Jim Turner, The Journal of Arizona History