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The Spanish Frontier in North America

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In 1513, when Ponce de Leon stepped ashore on a beach of what is now Florida, Spain gained its first foothold in North America. For the next three hundred years, Spaniards ranged through the continent building forts to defend strategic places, missions to proselytize Indians, and farms, ranches, and towns to reconstruct a familiar Iberian world. This engagingly written and ...more
Paperback, 602 pages
Published July 27th 1994 by Yale University Press (first published September 23rd 1992)
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This is great - I could definitely use this in constructing an early American history class. And it was the rare book that appeared on two of my comps lists! Double-down book! I don't think I could assign readings from it but I would use it in putting together lectures. Weber is arguing that you can't understand US history without the former Spanish possessions that became part of the US. Basically that means the whole southern swath from Florida through Louisiana and Texas to New Mexico and Cal ...more
Frontiers, in the plural, might be better. While many of us may call to mind Santa Fe, or the Alamo, the Spaniards were settled in, or exploring or defending, many places in North America. Only tenuously connected to each other, these frontier areas included Florida, the Gulf Coast, Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona.

While New Mexico was reachable from Chihuahua, the Llano Estacado separated it from Texas. The Sierra Madre, water supplies in Mexico and such, separated New Mexico from the
I remember reading this during my teaching days, but apparently lacked the time to make notes about it, since I only found in my journal a mention I read it. Overall, it is a thick history book. While the subject was interesting, the prose was very slow.
Although a bit dated, this is a wonderful overarching, simple, and succinct history of Spain's presence in the parts of New Spain that would become part of the United States.
Assigned reading for an NEH seminar. Found out about Florida and Texas I didn't know.
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Great book, perfect for anyone interested in Spanish colonialism.
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Noted historian who specializes in the history of the Southwest United States. Currently(2008) at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Not to be confused with science fiction writer David Weber.
More about David J. Weber...
What Caused the Pueblo Revolt of 1680? Bárbaros: Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846: The American Southwest Under Mexico (Histories of the American Frontier) Foreigners in Their Native Land: Historical Roots of the Mexican Americans The Taos Trappers: The Fur Trade in the Far Southwest, 1540–1846

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