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

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

by John L. Kessell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0806134844

ISBN-13: 9780806134840

Pub. Date: 01/01/2003

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

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

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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 disjoined periphery of the Spanish empire.

Chronicling the period of Hispanic activity from the time of Columbus to Mexico’s 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806134840
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
1,143,433
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 10.06(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Prefacexi
Chapter 1.Sons of the Sun3
Chapter 2.Contact Face to Face29
Chapter 3.A Mestizo Captain57
Chapter 4.Don Juan's Misfortune71
Chapter 5.The Friars' Regime97
Chapter 6.In the Aftermath of Revolt125
Chapter 7.Tides of Empire159
Chapter 8.The Inspector General193
Chapter 9.Apaches, Comanches, and Frenchmen223
Chapter 10.Visions and Realities253
Chapter 11.Roads without Traffic289
Chapter 12."Gardem Espana"325
Chapter 13.Mexico's Problem345
Abbreviations379
Notes381
Glossary421
Works Cited427
Index445

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