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