El Norte. The Epic and For­got­ten Story of His­panic North Amer­ica

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Carrie Gib­son Grove Press UK Pub­lished: Oc­to­ber 2019 Price: £25.00

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 Dr Carrie Gib­son ex­plains with great depth and clar­ity in El Norte, North Amer­ica has much older Span­ish roots—ones 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 present—from Ponce de León’s 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. This is a most in­for­ma­tive and il­lu­mi­nat­ing book which is highly rec­om­mended.

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