Often, I?m asked why I decided to write my book.? And when I think about it, I realize that it was a process. Not any specific moment. For me, it was the process of learning that made me think that there was a story that had to be told.
You see, as a young treasure hunter, I was interested in learning everything I could about the project I was working on, in The Superstition Mountains. Wanting to learn as much as I could, I read everything I could get my hands on and learn as much as I could about the history of the area and what had happened there. I wanted to make sure there was a good chance of something being there, and that I wasn?t just chasing a dream.
This search led me to stories about the Jesuits, and the Native Americans. I learned of the abuses of the Native Americans by the Jesuits and the Spanish soldiers. As I learned these stories, I began to think that no matter how my quest for treasure turned out, this story needed to be told.
They took away the Native?s religion and replaced it with their own. They convinced them that it was God?s will that they dig the gold for them. And later, many Natives were killed to hide the locations of the gold.
So, when I published my book Gold Hunters: Lure of the Superstition, I expected pushback from those trying top defend the Church. But the truth is what it is. And I believe I have evidence to back up my claims.
Now, to be fair. The Jesuits and the Spaniards we people of their times. I wasn?t trying to make monsters out of anyone. I didn?t have to. But it?s important learn from history. Especially stories like these, where one culture is more advanced than the other. No matter how we might rationalize it, the end never justifies the means.