“A rich and moving chronicle for our very present.” Julio Ortega, New York Times Book Review
The United States is still typically conceived of as an offshoot of England, with our history unfolding east to west beginning with the first English settlers in Jamestown. This view overlooks the significance of America’s Hispanic past. With the profile of the United States increasingly Hispanic, the importance of recovering the Hispanic dimension to our national story has never been greater.
This absorbing narrative begins with the explorers and conquistadores who planted Spain’s first colonies in Puerto Rico, Florida, and the Southwest. Missionaries and rancheros carry Spain’s expansive impulse into the late eighteenth century, settling California, mapping the American interior to the Rockies, and charting the Pacific coast. During the nineteenth century Anglo-America expands west under the banner of “Manifest Destiny” and consolidates control through war with Mexico. In the Hispanic resurgence that follows, it is the peoples of Latin America who overspread the continent, from the Hispanic heartland in the West to major cities such as Chicago, Miami, New York, and Boston. The United States clearly has a Hispanic present and future.
And here is its Hispanic past, presented with characteristic insight and wit by one of our greatest historians.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
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About the Author
Felipe Fernández-Armesto, the William P. Reynolds Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration and Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States. He lives in South Bend, Indiana, and London.
Table of Contents
Note on Usage xi
Foreword Amadeo Petitbò Juan, Director, Fundación Rafael del Pino xiii
Part 1 Original Sins
The First Hispanic Colonization of What Is Now US Territory, c. 1505-1846
Chapter 1 The Fountain of Youth
The First Colonies in What Was to Be the United States, c. 1505-1763 3
Chapter 2 The Cities of Cíbola
The Colonial Midwest from the Mississippi to the Rockies, c. 1598-1798 35
Chapter 3 The Pursuit of King Arthur
The Shadow of Anglo-America, c. 1607-1784 74
Chapter 4 The Realm of Queen Calafia
The Foundation of California and the Showdown with Anglo-America, c. 1766-1846 110
Part 2 The Empire of Eden
The Expansion of Anglo-America and the Hispanic Retreat, c. 1846-1898
Chapter 5 The Curse of Zorro
The Great Expropriation, c. 1846-1887 153
Chapter 6 The Revenge of Moroni
The Triumph of Anglo-America, c. 1830-1898 199
Part 3 Paradise Regained?
The Second Hispanic Colonization, c. 1898-2012
Chapter 7 The Return to Aztlán
Americanization and Resistance in the Age of Mexican Countercolonization, c. 1898-1986 245
Chapter 8 The Republic of Hesperus
The Remaking of the Hispanic United States, c. 1914-2012 285
Chapter 9 Retrospect and Prospect
Why the United States Is-and Has to Be-a Latin American Country 330