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Comprehensive History, Search for the Camino Real, Published by Outskirts Press

Robert Richter’s new work is the first history in forty years about Mexico’s colonial road and is both a unique historical investigation of the founding port of California’s missions and a travelogue of the wild and gorgeous geography surrounding it.

Ogallala, NE, May 18, 2011 --( Veteran author and historian Robert Richter announced today the release of his newest work, Search for the Camino Real, published by Outskirts Press. This historical work completes a trilogy of books by the author about the fading coastal village culture of Nayarit and the Mexican Riviera along with his insights into the region’s current, modern character and its potential for future development.

Search for the Camino Real is based on five years of extensive scholarly and field research by author Richter, and the book highlights the importance of the colonial road in Mexico’s national history as well as San Blas’ own role in the founding of the Spanish missions and the settlement of California. The first major study of the Camino Real and San Blas since Michael Thurman’s 1967 The Naval Department of San Blas: New Spain’s Bastion for Alta California, Richter’s historical narrative pairs his search for the original road site in the Nayarit’s wild geography with the discovery of another path running concordantly toward the affluent economic future of the Mexican Riviera.

Richter’s entertaining personal account of the search through the lowlands and sierras of modern Nayarit for remnants of the original Mexican colonial road is accompanied by a generous supply of historical black and white photos, colonial maps, footnotes and an extensive bibliography. Add to that the commentary of the regional historians, local guides and curious companions who Richter met along the way and his readers are treated to a detailed and extensive menu of the region’s riches. The maps and photos can also be viewed on Facebook/Search for the Camino Real.

Nearly five hundred years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico, the history of San Blas is still being written, and the author himself argues for local tourist development in the future based on the region’s ecology, its history and its culture. A fitting and satisfactory concluding work to the first two volumes of Richter’s trilogy, Search for the Camino Real completes his comprehensive study of this fascinating piece of Latin American history and geography.

Search for the Camino Real is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 7 x 10 paperback ISBN: 978-1-4327-5332-0 SRP: $15.95
e-Book $ 5.00
Kindle $ 9.99
Genre: History/Latin America/Mexico/travel

About the author:

The author of eight books, including poetry, fiction, and regional history, Robert Richter has a forty year relationship with Mexico, and that cultural geography inspires his work. In 2000 Richter won the Nebraska Arts Council’s Literary Achievement Award, and in 2007 he was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Buenos Aires. Richter has also been a wheat farmer, a substitute teacher, and a tour guide in Latin America.

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