Bronze, Edition of 30
17" x 10" x 5"
In 1539, the Governor and Viceroy of New Spain, Don Antonio de Mendoza, acting upon questionable information provided by Gray Marcos de Niza about the so called "Seven Cities of Gold," launched a sizable expedition from Mexico into the southwestern United States. Unable to lead the expedition himself, Mendoza authorized one of his most trusted lieutenants, Don Francisco Vasquez del Coronado to command this large assembly of soldiers of fortune, missionaries, Indian bearers and herdsmen into a strange land in a "Quest for Gold;" a venture that was supposed to rival the previous finds of Mexico and Peru. His monumental expedition was considered a failure based on the fact that he returned to Mexico empty-handed. History has since shown that his missions, executed under very difficult circumstances, were phenomenal in terms of areas explored and civilizations discovered. I have depicted this conquistador overlooking the Grand Canyon.