Spanish Influence on the Old Southwest: A Collision of Cultures

Spanish Influence on the Old Southwest: A Collision of Cultures

by Jeremy Agnew

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Spanish Influence on the Old Southwest: A Collision of Cultures by Jeremy Agnew

The traditional narrative of the American West tells of a frontier settled by pioneers emigrating from the east to the Pacific coast. Yet Spanish conquistadors arrived in Central America 150 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. With them came missionaries who tried to convert the Pueblo and Plains Indians to Christianity by force, a suppression of native religious beliefs that led to cultural clashes and outright war. This is the story-fully documented-of how Spanish explorers, soldiers and men of the church pushed north from Mexico in the 1500s, seeking riches and establishing settlements from Texas to California 250 years before the influx of American settlers in the mid-1800s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786497409
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/11/2015
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Agnew, a biomedical electronics consultant, has written several books on the Old West. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Chronology 5

1 The Beginning 7

2 Anasazi Descendants 27

3 Pushing North from New Spain 45

4 The City of the Holy Faith 66

5 A Clash of Beliefs 84

6 New Spain Expands 99

7 The Lure of Pacific Shores 116

8 Indian Horseman and Spanish Cowboys 135

9 The Spanish Falter 154

10 New Trails to Santa Fe 167

11 The Americans Take Over 186

Postscript 205

Appendix 1 Glossary 209

Appendix 2 Outstanding Examples of Anasazi Ruins in the Southwest 211

Appendix 3 The California Mission Trail 212

Chapter Notes 215

Bibliography 223

Index 225

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