Gardens of New Spain: How Mediterranean Plants and Foods Changed America [NOOK Book]

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When the Spanish began colonizing the Americas in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, they brought with them the plants and foods of their homeland-wheat, melons, grapes, vegetables, and every kind of Mediterranean fruit. Missionaries and colonists introduced these plants to the native peoples of Mexico and the American Southwest, where they became staple crops alongside the corn, beans, and squash that had traditionally sustained the original Americans. This intermingling of Old and New World plants and ...
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Gardens of New Spain: How Mediterranean Plants and Foods Changed America

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Overview

When the Spanish began colonizing the Americas in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, they brought with them the plants and foods of their homeland-wheat, melons, grapes, vegetables, and every kind of Mediterranean fruit. Missionaries and colonists introduced these plants to the native peoples of Mexico and the American Southwest, where they became staple crops alongside the corn, beans, and squash that had traditionally sustained the original Americans. This intermingling of Old and New World plants and foods was one of the most significant fusions in the history of international cuisine and gave rise to many of the foods that we so enjoy today.
Gardens of New Spain tells the fascinating story of the diffusion of plants, gardens, agriculture, and cuisine from late medieval Spain to the colonial frontier of Hispanic America. Beginning in the Old World, William Dunmire describes how Spain came to adopt plants and their foods from the Fertile Crescent, Asia, and Africa. Crossing the Atlantic, he first examines the agricultural scene of Pre-Columbian Mexico and the Southwest. Then he traces the spread of plants and foods introduced from the Mediterranean to Spain's settlements in Mexico, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California. In lively prose, Dunmire tells stories of the settlers, missionaries, and natives who blended their growing and eating practices into regional plantways and cuisines that live on today in every corner of America.
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Editorial Reviews

Sixteenth Century Journal - William E. Burns
Gardens of New Spain is certainly approachable by gardeners, cooks, and amateurs of Southwestern studies as well as professional historians...it is an important addition to the sparse literature in English on the Old Southwest in the colonial era.
New Mexico Historical Review - Karen R. Adams
This scholarly document will be as enduring as the plants upon which it focuses and will reach a wide public audience because of its writing style.
Sixteenth Century Journal
Gardens of New Spain is certainly approachable by gardeners, cooks, and amateurs of Southwestern studies as well as professional historians...it is an important addition to the sparse literature in English on the Old Southwest in the colonial era.
— William E. Burns, Howard University
New Mexico Historical Review
This scholarly document will be as enduring as the plants upon which it focuses and will reach a wide public audience because of its writing style.
— Karen R. Adams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292749047
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 8/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

William W. Dunmire of Placitas, New Mexico, is a retired National Park Service naturalist and writer-photographer on natural history topics.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Pre-Columbian Spain - the full hourglass 1
Ch. 2 Mexico before Columbus 31
Ch. 3 Pre-Columbian agriculture in the American Southwest 59
Ch. 4 European plantways to the New World : 1492-1521 83
Ch. 5 Old World agriculture comes to the Mexican mainland 111
Ch. 6 Spanish trade, technology, and livestock 147
Ch. 7 New Mexico's first Mediterranean gardens 163
Ch. 8 Into Sonora and Arizona 195
Ch. 9 The corridor into Texas 229
Ch. 10 Hispanic farmers return to New Mexico 263
Ch. 11 Mediterranean connections to Florida and California 291
App Master plant list 315
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