Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States

Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States

by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto


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“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393349825
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/08/2014
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 195,365
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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

Introduction xvii

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

Acknowledgments 357

Notes 359

Permissions 383

Index 385

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