William Brandon

William Brandon has been a professional writer since 1938. He is the author of Quivira: Europeans in the Region of the Santa Fe Trail, 1540–1820 and New Worlds for Old: Reports from the New World and Their Effect on the Development of Social Thought in Europe, 1500–1800.

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Quivira · Europeans in the region of the Santa Fe Trail, 1540–1820
By William Brandon

New Mexico was a frontier to the wilderness, for Europeans, for almost three hundred years. No other frontier history in the area of what is now the United States can support such continuity, or even come close. It was the outside edge of the northern borderlands of New Spain, that later became the northern borderlands of Mexico. It was the western rim of the world for the French explorers and fur traders in the Mississippi valley and for the English who followed them there.

“William Brandon’s synthesis of the exploration is a volume useful as a readable, readily available reference…Brandon states in a concise way how the European’s insatiable lust for gold, fueled by misconception and false information, led to much of the exploration of the American West. As such, the book will be illuminating for many general readers.”

Stephen Zimmer, Journal of the West




New Worlds for Old · Reports from the New World and Their Effect on the Development of Social Thought in Europe, 1500–1800
By William Brandon

Explorers, soldiers, missionaries, and colonists writing from every part of the New World repeatedly emphasized certain fundamental strangenesses in New World societies, especially the equality, community, and liberty so frequently observed among New World peoples.




The Magic World · American Indian Songs and Poems
Edited by William Brandon · Introduction by William Brandon · Preface by William Brandon

Traditionally, the legends, myth-cycles, tales, rituals, songs and poems of Native Americans (both North and South) have been treated as ethnological data or as curious objects. William Brandon believes that the songs and poems in this volume will, in time, be accepted as representatives of one of the world’s great literatures.

“As fine a collection of American Indian songs and poems as has ever been assembled.”

New York Times Book Review




The Magic World · American Indian Songs and Poems
Edited by William Brandon · Introduction by William Brandon · Preface by William Brandon

Traditionally, the legends, myth-cycles, tales, rituals, songs and poems of Native Americans (both North and South) have been treated as ethnological data or as curious objects. William Brandon believes that the songs and poems in this volume will, in time, be accepted as representatives of one of the world’s great literatures.

“As fine a collection of American Indian songs and poems as has ever been assembled.”

New York Times Book Review




The Magic World · American Indian Songs and Poems
Edited by William Brandon · Introduction by William Brandon · Preface by William Brandon

Traditionally, the legends, myth-cycles, tales, rituals, songs and poems of Native Americans (both North and South) have been treated as ethnological data or as curious objects. William Brandon believes that the songs and poems in this volume will, in time, be accepted as representatives of one of the world’s great literatures.

“As fine a collection of American Indian songs and poems as has ever been assembled.”

New York Times Book Review