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Title:
El Norte : the epic and forgotten story of Hispanic North America
ISBN:
9780802127020
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Edition:
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2019.
Physical Description:
xvi, 560 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents:
Introduction: Nogales, Arizona -- Santa Elena, South Carolina, ca. 1492-1550 -- St. Johns River, Florida, ca. 1550-1700 -- Alcade, New Mexico, ca. 1540-1720 -- Fort Mose, Florida, ca. 1600-1760 -- New Madrid, Missouri, ca. 1760-90 -- Nootka Sound, Canada, ca. 1760s-1789 -- New Orleans, Louisiana, ca. 1790-1804 -- Sabine River, ca. 1804-23 -- San Antonio de Béxar, Texas, ca. 1820-48 -- Mesilla, New Mexico, ca. 1850-77 -- Ybor City, Florida, ca. 1870-98 -- Del Rio, Texas, ca. 1910-40 -- New York, ca. 1920s-60s -- Los Angeles, California, ca. 1920s-70s -- Miami, Florida, ca. 1960-80 -- Tucson, Arizona, ca. 1994-2018 -- Epilogue: Dalton, Georgia, 2014.
Summary:
"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 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 Leon'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. Interwoven in this stirring narrative of events and people are cultural issues that have been there from the start but which are unresolved to this day: language, belonging, community, race, and nationality. Seeing them play out over centuries provides vital perspective at a time when it is urgently needed. In 1883, Walt Whitman meditated on his country's Spanish past: 'We Americans have yet to really learn our own antecedents, and sort them, to unify them,' predicting that 'to that composite American identity of the future, Spanish character will supply some of the most needed parts.' That future is here, and El Norte, a stirring and eventful history in its own right, will make a powerful impact on our national understanding"-- Provided by publisher.
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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 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 Leon'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. Interwoven in this stirring narrative of events and people are cultural issues that have been there from the start but which are unresolved to this day: language, belonging, community, race, and nationality. Seeing them play out over centuries provides vital perspective at a time when it is urgently needed.

In 1883, Walt Whitman meditated on his country's Spanish past: "We Americans have yet to really learn our own antecedents, and sort them, to unify them," predicting that "to that composite American identity of the future, Spanish character will supply some of the most needed parts." That future is here, and El Norte , a stirring and eventful history in its own right, will make a powerful impact on our national understanding.


Author Notes

Carrie Gibson is the author of the acclaimed Empire's Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean From Columbus to the Present Day . She received a PhD from Cambridge University, focusing on the Spanish Caribbean in the era of the Haitian Revolution, and has worked as a journalist for the Guardian and contributed to other publications, as well as the BBC. She has done research across Mexico, the West Indies, and the United States. She lives in London.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Historian Gibson (Empire's Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day) provides a sweeping and accessible survey of the Hispanic history of the U.S. that illuminates the integral impact of the Spanish and their descendants on the U.S.'s social and cultural development. In contrast to the widespread downplaying of this history in favor of Anglo-American perspectives, Gibson recognizes the country as "part of a larger Latin American community." Gibson uses this inventive and appealing lens to guide readers chronologically from the initial European incursions into the Western hemisphere to the present day. Focusing primarily on Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, the main topics covered are Spanish colonization (often violent) and evangelizing (which was "bound up with the colonization project for Spain and Portugal from the beginning"), the creation of Latin American republics, U.S. territorial expansion, immigration, challenges faced by Latin Americans in the U.S. (including housing discrimination, immigration raids, and prejudiced treatment in the military), and how Hispanic racial, ethnic, and cultural identities are interpreted in the Americas). Though it doesn't present new research, this unusual and insightful work provides a welcome and thought-provoking angle on the country's history, and should be widely appreciated. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Gibson (Empire's Crossroads, 2014) has written an ambitious history of the U.S. that focuses on the country's often overlooked Hispanic origins. Her quest begins in the present day Mexican border town of Nogales, Arizona, and comes almost full circle to her hometown, Dalton, Georgia, where Mexican immigration has brought profound changes. Gibson covers five centuries of events, people, and immense cultural shifts, from the Spanish conquistadors' exploits in Mexico, Florida, and the Atlantic coast to the wars and growing pains of independence to the significant U.S. expansion according to so-called manifest destiny to the upheavals of the twentieth century. Throughout, Gibson gives full personhood to indigenous groups and tribes, placing their experiences in context, and she takes care to elucidate the evolving concept of race and the toxic trope of the U.S. as a white nation, an idea that stubbornly refuses to fade, resurfacing in our own divisive times. The chapter on Texas offers a key reminder that at one time Anglos themselves were illegal aliens, defiantly ignoring Mexico's laws against slavery. Well-organized and containing useful maps, a time line, selected bibliography, and notes, Gibson's exhaustively researched and well-written chronicle is an essential acquisition for all American history collections.--Sara Martinez Copyright 2019 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Hispanic peoples and cultures have shaped North America for 500 years, ever since Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León landed in what is today Florida in 1513. Gibson (Empire's Crossroads) delivers a timely reminder that Anglos are but one European wellspring of U.S. national identity. With insight and verve, the author weaves the myriad Hispanic/Latino influences on North American histories and cultures, addressing everything from immigration, wars, civil rights, tacos, and salsa, along with figures such as Fidel Castro and Cesar Chavez. She further recounts stories elided from public memory, chronicling mass lynchings of Mexicans in Texas; uprisings and bombings waged by Puerto Rican nationalists; and the history of Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood, home to Cuban émigrés long before Miami's Little Havana. Gibson contends that Anglos and Hispanics share the same centuries-old story of North America-a memory vital for our time of border walls and racist rhetoric. Few historians have attempted so sweeping and holistic a survey. Though Gibson can be more detailed about political events than the intersection of Anglo and Hispanic cultures, her evidence is clear: Latin America includes North America. VERDICT A thorough, relevant, and insightful survey of Hispanic North America.-Michael Rodriguez, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Mapsp. xi
Author's Note: The Search for El Nortep. xiii
Introduction: Nogales, Arizonap. 1
Chapter 1 Santa Elena, South Carolina, ca. 1492-1550p. 13
Chapter 2 St. Johns River, Florida, ca. 1550-1700p. 39
Chapter 3 Alcade, New Mexico, ca. 1540-1720p. 59
Chapter 4 Fort Mose, Florida, ca. 1600-1760p. 82
Chapter 5 New Madrid, Missouri, ca. 1760-90p. 106
Chapter 6 Nootka Sound, Canada, ca. 1760S-1789p. 129
Chapter 7 New Orleans, Louisiana, ca. 1790-1804p. 143
Chapter 8 Sabine River, ca. 1804-23p. 154
Chapter 9 San Antonio de Béxar, Texas, ca. 1820-48p. 182
Chapter 10 Mesilla, New Mexico, ca. 1850-77p. 221
Chapter 11 Ybor City, Florida, ca. 1870-98p. 260
Chapter 12 Del Rio, Texas, ca. 1910-40p. 288
Chapter 13 New York, ca. 1920s-'60sp. 323
Chapter 14 Los Angeles, California ca. 1920s-'70sp. 347
Chapter 15 Miami, Florida, ca. 1960-80p. 382
Chapter 16 Tucson, Arizona, ca. 1994-2018p. 402
Epilogue Dalton, Georgia, 2014p. 427
Time Line of Key Eventsp. 439
Acknowledgmentsp. 447
Selected Bibliographyp. 451
Notesp. 457
Indexp. 541