"Higginbotham has given to American historiography a microcosmic view of one of the earliest and most important outposts in the colonial new world. The Latin South can henceforth not be ignored." - Alabama Historical Quarterly
"The definitive account . . . superbly recounted." - Journal of Southern History
"Meticulously documented. . . . Recommended for libraries interested in the colonial period." - Choice
"Mind-boggling . . . a stupendous job of research. It is amazing that Higginbotham can recreate in such detail the lives of these people. All history books should be written like this." - BirminghamMagazine
Jay Higginbotham is Director of the Mobile Municipal Archives. Author of thirteen books, he has received five literary awards, including the Gilbert Chinard Prize and the Alabama Library Association Award.