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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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John
Sep 01, 2014 John rated it really liked it
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
Stephen
Although American history books will generally mention the early exploration of North America by figures like de Soto, little attention on the whole is given to the Spanish colonial enterprise. At its height, Spain's flag flew from the eastern coast of Florida, at St. Augustine, all the way across the continent to Baja California. That height was reached shortly after the American Revolution, followed by a dramatic decline after the French wars erupted. While the Southwest still retains its Span ...more
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Dec 24, 2012 Socraticgadfly rated it it was amazing
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
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Angel
Feb 02, 2008 Angel rated it it was ok
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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.
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Outstanding Research. Quite a task to read.
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This was a very comprehensive survey of a subject that I knew little about.
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Jan 05, 2012 Kent rated it really liked it
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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.
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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.
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