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Famed Girl Archaeologist
- Published on Amazon.com
This is a delightful little book that will be a perfect read for someone visiting the Lake Chapala area of Mexico. The travellers' tales date between 1530 and 1910, so don't expect recent history or comment on the present condition of the area as a home to thousands of U.S. and Canadian ex-pats and retirees. Do expect some interesting insights and wonderful descriptions of the area. Burton has done a great job of adding introductions and explanatory comments on the entries. I lived on Lake chapala in the mid-1960s during the time that I was carrying out an archaeological project for my doctoral dissertation. I have carried the beauty of the place in my heart for 40 years. I recommend this little book.
What a fine effort for those struggling to put Lake Chapala into some kind of perspective. It's a fascinating place for those who see it, and a popular destination for American retirees looking for a grand place to park. What this book does so well is to sort through history to put the current spot into some sort of context for the visitor. The author/editor clips bits and pieces from the first observations in print, and even provides some context for understanding the area's role in the history of a struggling nation. It's a thorough collection of bits in print providing nice perspective from indian chiefs and friars to rebellious pursuers of national independence and entrepreneurs aiming (and often failing) with versions of 'development'. Charming book for those interested in the area.
Any Mexico traveler who enjoys keeping a journal will enjoy this anthology. Tony Burton has put together an impressive collection of writings by travelers who have visited the Lake Chapala region of northwestern Mexico since the times of the Conquistadors and roving friars to travel promoters and amateur scientists of the early 1900s. This kind of anthology is a great way to get a sense of changing times and changing ecology of a particular place or region, in this case, the Lake Chapala region of Jalisco, Mexico. Intermingled with the first-hand accounts of the area in different eras, Mr. Burton provides snippets of background history to give some larger context and enhance the reader's overall understanding of this particular region and Mexico in general. This book is a great way for the general reader to get some Mexico history, but there is also a bibliography and an index for the more serious aficionados of Mexico history. Burton is a consummate scholar whose writing is also enjoyable to read.