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Spain in the Southwest: A Narrative History of Colonial New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California
John L. Kessell’s Spain in the Southwest presents a fast-paced, abundantly illustrated history of the Spanish colonies that became the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California. With an eye for human interest, Kessell tells the story of New Spain’s vast frontier--today’s American Southwest and Mexican North--which for two centuries served as a dynamic yet ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published January 31st 2003 by University of Oklahoma Press
(first published May 1st 2002)
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May 05, 2017 Stephen rated it really liked it
In the early 1500s, the Spanish triumphed over the Aztecs and established a new Spain -- an empire forged out of the new world. The equatorial tropics were only the beginning for Spain, however, as far above them loomed the entire continent of North America, full of possibility. The Spanish were lured north with simple and expressed motives: there was oro in them thar hills. They were teased with stories of great cities to the north, rivaling even the splendor of now-perished Tenochtitlan. Their ...more
This book is a history of the Southwest from the time of the Native peoples of these lands encountered Los Espanoles in which they mercilessly conquered Mexico & these new northern territories in the name of Espana. In which focus the development and interactions between the Native peoples & the Espanoles, Mexicano Indio & Mestizo which would make a difficult Mestizaje between the cultures which would develop the territories of El Viareinato de la Nueva Espana-Vice-royalty of New ...more
Outstanding book explaining the history of the Spanish exploration and colonization of now what is the southwest US. From the early 1500's to the mid 1700's, Spain held a tremendous influence in all aspects of the southwest. The author does a great analysis of Spain's power and cultural influence of over 200 plus years that is still felt today.