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COCHULA'S JOURNEY by Virginia Pounds Brown


by Virginia Pounds Brown

Pub Date: July 1st, 1996
ISBN: 1-881320-40-5

Fictionalizing Spanish records, Brown focuses on events of De Soto's expedition of 15391542 through what became the southeastern United States. She adopts the viewpoint of 16-year-old Cochula, daughter of the Alabama Indian chief of the village of Coosa, a person who, she states, ``we know in a roundabout way . . . did exist,'' and about whom she adds further specifics in a postscript. Occasional infelicities interrupt the flow of the book, but these are largely confined to the first third of the book; by the time Cochula meets the fair-haired, blue-eyed youth, Antonio, who befriends her, readers will want to follow the thread of their romance through the hardships and deprivations of those caught up in De Soto's quest for rumored gold. Along the way is much solid cultural information, and thus, the pill is competently sugared. (Fiction. 11+)