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A Hero for the Americas, The Legend of Gonzalo Guerrero

Posted on 2017-11-03 in Events
Nov 6, 2017

Robert Calder

The U of S Canada 150 Project will host three Indigenous-related book launches. The third is on Nov. 6:

A Hero for the Americas, The Legend of Gonzalo Guerrero 

by Robert Calder (professor emeritus, English and Alumni of Influence award recipient)

When: Monday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 pm

Where: Convocation Hall

This book is the first comprehensive investigation of this controversial 16th-century figure who is today remembered all over the Yucatán as the symbolic father of millions of Mexican mestizos.

"The extraordinary tale of Gonzalo Guerrero, a Spaniard shipwrecked in Yucatan who went over to the Maya and helped them fight off his fellow conquistadors, has long cried out for a good retelling in English. In this lively and well-written book, Robert Calder steers deftly between history and myth, following the story through to its cultural implications today. A fascinating read.” —Ronald Wright, author of Time Among the Maya and The Gold Eaters

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