Spain in the Southwest: A Narrative History of Colonial New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2002 - History - 462 pages
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John L. Kessellís 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 Spainís vast frontier--todayís American Southwest and Mexican North--which for two centuries served as a dynamic yet disjoined periphery of the Spanish empire.

Chronicling the period of Hispanic activity from the time of Columbus to Mexicoís independence from Spain in 1821, Kessell traces the three great swells of Hispanic exploration, encounter, and influence that rolled north from Mexico across the coasts and high deserts of the western borderlands. Throughout this sprawling historical landscape, Kessell treats grand themes through the lives of individuals. He explains the frequent cultural clashes and accommodations in remarkably balanced terms. Stereotypes, the author writes, are of no help. Indians could be arrogant and brutal, Spaniards caring, and vice versa. If we select the facts to fit preconceived notions, we can make the story come out the way we want, but if the peoples of the colonial Southwest are seen as they really were--more alike than diverse, sharing similar inconstant natures--then we need have no favorites.

  

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Sons of the Sun
3
Contact Face to Face
29
A Mestizo Captain
57
Don Juans Misfortune
71
The Friars Regime
97
In the Aftermath of Revolt
125
Tides of Empire
159
The Inspector General
193
Roads without Traffic
289
Gardem Espana
325
Mexicos Problem
345
Abbreviations
379
Notes
381
Glossary
421
Works Cited
427
Index
445

Apaches Comanches and Frenchmen
223
Visions and Realities
253

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John L. Kessell is author of several books on the colonial Southwest, including Pueblos, Spaniards, and the Kingdom of New Mexico and Spain in the Southwest: A Narrative History of Colonial New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California.

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