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América : the epic story of Spanish North America, 1493-1898

Author: Robert Goodwin
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019. ©2019
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An epic history of the Spanish empire in North America from 1493 to 1898 by Robert Goodwin, author of Spain: The Centre of the World. At the conclusion of the American Revolution, half the modern United States was part of the vast Spanish Empire. The year after Columbus's great voyage of discovery, in 1492, he claimed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for Spain. For the next three hundred years, thousands of proud  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)1033787880
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Goodwin
ISBN: 9781632867247 1632867249
OCLC Number: 1085204207
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Half Title; Dedication; By the Same Author; Title Page; Contents; Maps; Preface; Timeline: Spanish Monarchs and Mexican Presidents; Introduction: "An Empire upon Which the Sun Never Sets"; Prologue: América, 1493; Part I: Myths, Dreams, and History; Introduction to Part One: The Chase & the Catch; Chapter 1. "War of Blood and Fire": Puerto Rico; Chapter 2. Realms of Gold: Mexico; Chapter 3. Fountain of Eternal Youth: La Florida; Chapter 4. Amazon Women & Californian Dreams: Baja California; Chapter 5. "Naked and Barefoot": The Continent Crossed Chapter 6. The Seven Cities of Cíbola: New MexicoChapter 7. An Inca's Tale, the Florida: The Deep South; Part II: The Age of Settlement; Introduction to Part Two: Heresy & Godliness; Chapter 8. "Hang All the Lutherans": The Atlantic Coast; Chapter 9. Poetry & Conquest: New Mexico; Chapter 10. God & Government: New Mexico; Chapter 11. Po'pay's Pueblo Revolt: New Mexico; Chapter 12. Manhunt: Texas; Chapter 13. Padre Kino, the Jesuit Southwest: Arizona; Chapter 14. Love & the Comanche Dawn: Texas; Part III: The Bourbon Reforms; Introduction to Part Three: A Few Good Men Chapter 15. Los Anza & the Apaches: El Gran NorteChapter 16. Los Gálvez: California & Sonora; Chapter 17. Junípero Serra, Paradise Gained: Alta California; Chapter 18. Hard Road to Paradise: Arizona & California; Chapter 19. Half a Continent Is Spanish: Louisiana & Alaska; Chapter 20. The Governors: Louisiana & New Mexico; Chapter 21. "Bernardo de Gálvez, Spanish Hero of the American Revolution": The Deep South; Part IV: Sunset and Perdition; Introduction to Part Four: The Ebb Tide; Chapter 22. Apogee & Disaster: Canada & Spain; Chapter 23. Mexican Independence: New Spain & México Chapter 24. Nemesis, Andrew Jackson: FloridaChapter 25. The Alamo & San Jacinto: Texas; Chapter 26. The Mexican-American War: México; Epilogue: Puerto Rico, 1898; Color Plates; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Notes; Index; A Note on the Author; Also Available from Robert Goodwin; Copyright
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An epic history of the Spanish empire in North America from 1493 to 1898 by Robert Goodwin, author of Spain: The Centre of the World. At the conclusion of the American Revolution, half the modern United States was part of the vast Spanish Empire. The year after Columbus's great voyage of discovery, in 1492, he claimed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for Spain. For the next three hundred years, thousands of proud Spanish conquistadors and their largely forgotten Mexican allies went in search of glory and riches from Florida to California. Many died, few triumphed. Some were cruel, some were curious, some were kind. Missionaries and priests yearned to harvest Indian souls for God through baptism and Christian teaching. Theirs was a frontier world which Spain struggled to control in the face of Indian resistance and competition from France, Britain, and finally the United States. In the 1800s, Spain lost it all. Goodwin tells this history through the lives of the people who made it happen and the literature and art with which they celebrated their successes and mourned their failures. He weaves an epic tapestry from these intimate biographies of explorers and conquerors, like Columbus and Coronado, but also lesser known characters, like the powerful GAlvez family who gave invaluable and largely forgotten support to the American Patriots during the Revolutionary War; the great Pueblo leader Popay; and Esteban, the first documented African American. Like characters in a great play or a novel, Goodwin's protagonists walk the stage of history with heroism and brio and much tragedy.

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