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From the Publisher"Contributes important new perspectives to continuing debates and opens new doors for comparisons and syntheses of borderlands as contested spaces of power and merging identities."
— New Mexico Historical Review
"Brooks tells this history with clarity and judiciousness."
— Journal of American History
"This is a stunning book, likely to be controversial in its particulars."
— Richard White, Stanford University
"Bold and brilliant. [This] vivid narrative tells us why people simultaneously preyed on one another and absorbed one another in this violent land."
— David J. Weber, Southern Methodist University
"Makes it impossible for historians to ignore colonial relationships in the Southwest that began contemporaneously with Jamestown and Plymouth and developed throughout the colonial period." Karen Ordahl Kupperman, New York University