Because of our shared English language, as well as the celebrated origin tales of the Mayflower and the rebellion of the British colonies, the United States has prized its Anglo heritage above all others. However, as Carrie Gibson explains with great depth and clarity in El Norte, the nation has much older Spanish rootsones that have long been unacknowledged or marginalized. The Hispanic past of the United States predates the arrival of the Pilgrims by a century, and has been every bit as important in shaping the nation as it exists today.El Norte chronicles the sweeping and dramatic history of Hispanic North America from the arrival of the Spanish in the early 16th century to the presentfrom Ponce de Leons initial landing in Florida in 1513 to Spanish control of the vast Louisiana territory in 1762 to the Mexican-American War in 1846 and up to the more recent tragedy of post-hurricane Puerto Rico and the ongoing border acrimony with Mexico. Interwoven in this stirring narrative of eve...
|Title||:||El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America|
|Number of Pages||:||576 pages|
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El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America Reviews
An excellent book that people who are invested in the current debate about “a great, beautiful wall” and immigration should read for historical perspective. “Hispanic people were part of the past of the United States, and they will be part of tomorrow too.” Also: “The real and imagined Hispanic past of the United States can be found in so many places.” Yet we endure so many cultural blind spots. We did seize 51% of Mexico in 1848. And invaded them several times. We tried to acquire Cuba 7 times. ...more
Interesting topic, but at 437 pages plus another 123 pages of time line, bibliography, notes, and index it is more than anyone may want to read to get a perspective on the Hispanic exploration, settlement, and influence from the 16th century to the present. In many ways it was an eye-opener even for someone like me who was well aware that I was born in a part of the US that had been previously part of Mexico. I had not known that Spanish exploration and early settlements had been as far north as ...more
An extrodinary work of nonfiction about the development of the southern and western parts of our country. This information was left out of the history book when I was growing up. Carrie Gibson has shown what a rich history the United States has.
A well written and researched book that gives a solid overview of the complicated history of Hispanic North America. The author has given me much to think about and a thorough bibliography to help me find more information. Worth reading if you've never been aware of the impact of Hispanic people upon the United States throughout history or are curious where to start.
As a descendant of Californios it was interesting to read and I'm looking forward to reading more about my ancestors.