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The Spanish frontier in North America, David J. Weber

Label
The Spanish frontier in North America
Title
The Spanish frontier in North America
Statement of responsibility
David J. Weber
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In 1513, when Ponce de Leon stepped ashore on a beach of what is now Florida, Spain gained its first foothold in North America. For the next three hundred years, Spaniards ranged through the continent building forts to defend strategic places, missions to proselytize Indians, and farms, ranches, and towns to reconstruct a familiar Iberian world. This engagingly written and well-illustrated book presents an up-to-date overview of the Spanish colonial period in North America. It provides a sweeping account not only of the Spaniards' impact on the lives, institutions, and environments of the native peoples but also of the effect of native North Americans on the societies and cultures of the Spanish settlers. With apt quotations and colorful detail, David J. Weber evokes the dramatic era of the first Spanish-Indian contact in North America, describes the establishment, expansion, and retraction of the Spanish frontier, and recounts the forging of a Hispanic empire that ranged from Florida to California. Weber refutes the common assumption that while the English and French came to the New World to settle or engage in honest trade, the Spaniards came simply to plunder. The Spanish missionaries, soldiers, and traders who lived in America were influenced by diverse motives, and Weber shows that their behavior must be viewed in the context of their own time and within their own frame of reference. Throughout his book Weber deals with many other interesting issues, including the difference between English, French, and Spanish treatment of Indians, the social and economic integration of Indian women into Hispanic society, and the reasons why Spanish communities in North America failed to develop at the rate that the English settlements did. His magisterial work broadens our understanding of the American past by illuminating a neglected but integral part of the nation's heritage
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
975/.02
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F799
LC item number
.W42 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Yale Western Americana series
Label
The Spanish frontier in North America, David J. Weber
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 491-553) and index
Contents
Worlds apart -- First encounters -- Foundations of empire: Florida and New Mexico -- Conquistadores of the spirit -- Exploitation, contention and rebellion -- Imperial rivalry and strategic expansion: Texas, the Gulf Coast and the High Plains -- Commercial rivalry, stagnation and the fortunes of war -- Indian raiders and the reorganization of frontier defenses -- Forging a transcontinental empire: New California to the Floridas -- Improvisations and retreats: the empire lost -- Frontiers and frontier peoples transformed -- The Spanish legacy and the historical imagination
Control code
25373147
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
xx, 579 p.
Isbn
9780300051988
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92006657 //r93
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): With dust jacket
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): Purchased, 1996. Inscribed by author, June '93. Clothbound.
  • Library's copy 5 (SW Writers): Gift of Rollo Newsom, 2011 (Access. No. 2011-004). Inscribed by author to donor. With dust jacket.
  • Library{u2019}s copy 6 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Items laid in: 14. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
The Spanish frontier in North America, David J. Weber
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 491-553) and index
Contents
Worlds apart -- First encounters -- Foundations of empire: Florida and New Mexico -- Conquistadores of the spirit -- Exploitation, contention and rebellion -- Imperial rivalry and strategic expansion: Texas, the Gulf Coast and the High Plains -- Commercial rivalry, stagnation and the fortunes of war -- Indian raiders and the reorganization of frontier defenses -- Forging a transcontinental empire: New California to the Floridas -- Improvisations and retreats: the empire lost -- Frontiers and frontier peoples transformed -- The Spanish legacy and the historical imagination
Control code
25373147
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
xx, 579 p.
Isbn
9780300051988
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92006657 //r93
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): With dust jacket
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): Purchased, 1996. Inscribed by author, June '93. Clothbound.
  • Library's copy 5 (SW Writers): Gift of Rollo Newsom, 2011 (Access. No. 2011-004). Inscribed by author to donor. With dust jacket.
  • Library{u2019}s copy 6 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Items laid in: 14. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill., maps

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