Gardens of New Spain: How Mediterranean Plants and Foods Changed America

Gardens of New Spain: How Mediterranean Plants and Foods Changed America

by William W. Dunmire, Evangeline L. Dunmire
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292705646

ISBN-13: 9780292705647

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: University of Texas Press

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…  See more details below

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292705647
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
395
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Maps
Preface
Prologue
Chapter 1. Pre-Columbian Spain--The Full Hourglass
Chapter 2. Mexico before Columbus
Chapter 3. Pre-Columbian Agriculture in the American Southwest
Chapter 4. European Plantways to the New World: 1492-1521
Chapter 5. Old World Agriculture Comes to the Mexican Mainland
Chapter 6. Spanish Trade, Technology, and Livestock
Chapter 7. New Mexico's First Mediterranean Gardens
Chapter 8. Into Sonora and Arizona
Chapter 9. The Corridor into Texas
Chapter 10. Hispanic Farmers Return to New Mexico
Chapter 11. Mediterranean Connections to Florida and California
Epilogue
Appendix: Master Plant List
Glossary
Sources
Selected Bibliography
Index

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