Synopses & Reviews
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.
Aiming to illustrate that other US histories than the standard Anglonarrative exist, this volume traces the Hispanic history of the US from 1505 to the present. The author considers US history from thedirection of the south, rather than the east, beginning with the colonial era and the first European colonies in the Spanishestablishments in Puerto Rico, Florida, and parts of the Southwest; the British establishments and their early intersections with thoseof Spain; and early colonization in California and the confrontation with Anglo-America that culminated in the Mexican War. He thendescribes the subordination of the Hispanic population and the expansion of Anglo-America into the West, and Hispaniccountercolonization since the late 19th century and its effects, such as immigration, deportation, and assimilation.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
"Taking on the conventional Anglo-centrism of American history, this superb survey offers a different way of looking at the nation's past. A leading scholar of the Americas at the University of Notre Dame, FernÃ¡ndez-Armesto (Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration) brilliantly reveals the U.S.'s deep roots in Spanish and Hispanic culture and aspirations. With convincing arguments and deftly told stories, he shows how Spain and Hispanics have influenced American history from well before the British arrived. Likely to be controversial, FernÃ¡ndez-Armesto's study makes a strong case for the 20th-century being America's ' second Hispanic colonization' and argues that 'the United States is and has to be a Latin American country.' Along the way, readers will learn who the real Zorro may have been and how literary magical realism may have originated in the U.S. While not an entirely new way to look at the American past, no one has presented it better or with more zest. A first-person, opinionated, learned, wide-ranging, and delightfully written book, this is responsible revisionist history at its very best and deserves the widest possible attention." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
An eminent scholar finds a new American history in the Hispanic past of our diverse nation.
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.