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Spanish Colonies in America

Spanish Colonies in America

by Alexandra Lilly
     
 
The Spanish presence in the New World began in 1492, with Christopher Columbus’ historic voyage. Lured by stories of gold and riches, Spanish conquistadors battled native peoples to claim vast amounts of land in the Americas. During the 16th century, the Spanish established many cities and founded missions to convert the native population to Spanish religious

Overview

The Spanish presence in the New World began in 1492, with Christopher Columbus’ historic voyage. Lured by stories of gold and riches, Spanish conquistadors battled native peoples to claim vast amounts of land in the Americas. During the 16th century, the Spanish established many cities and founded missions to convert the native population to Spanish religious beliefs and cultural practices. But by the turn of the 19th century, Spanish control of its colonies was waning, and the independence movement that was spreading across the Americas took hold. Spain’s North American colonies eventually became part of the United States or Mexico.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather N. Kolich
This title from the "We the People" series is fast-moving and fact-filled. Rich illustrations on nearly every page invite the eye to linger, while the text urges the reader to keep moving through the history of Spain's 300-year effort to colonize its American territories. Adventure, battles, deception, and irresistible forces of nature all play parts as Alexandra Lilly explores the ambitious movements and cruelty of would-be Spanish conquerors, the single-minded gold lust of the earliest explorers, the 150 disastrous years of the Spanish mission era, and the eventual defeat and retreat of Spain from her American lands. The Spanish are gone but not forgotten, and the book ends with notes about the lasting legacy of the Spanish colonial efforts on the United States and Mexico. Nuggets of interesting information continue in a "Did You Know?" section in the backmatter. A timeline, brief biographies of important people and concise summaries of events tie the numerous facts into an easy review. Reviewer: Heather N. Kolich
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

These books show how each colony was shaped by its country's rulers and overseers and how the geographical regions claimed by each colonizer dictated how much exploration and expansion was possible. Each author talks about the lasting influences of the country's takeover and its remnants in our culture today. These general overviews provide solid background matter and introduce key people and vocabulary. They will be serviceable replacements for older materials on the colonies. They may also be useful in "compare and contrast" discussions.-Sarah Provence, Churchill Road Elementary School, McLean, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756538408
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
We the People: Exploration and Colonization Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
1,192,564
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1010L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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