David J. Weber is Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History and director, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University. Spain and Mexico have given him the highest awards they bestow on foreigners and the American Academy of Arts has elected him to membership. His previous books include the award-winning The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846 and Barbaros: Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment. He lives in Dallas and in Ramah, NM.
Weber presents a balanced and thorough history of Spanish exploration and settlement from Ponce de Leon's landing in 1513 to the end of Spain's North American empire in 1821. Most of the book is devoted to Spain's political and military activities in North America. One chapter traces the social history of Spaniards in the New World while the last chapter explores history's verdict of Spain's treatment of colonists and Indians. Illustrations, including photographs and line drawings, add little to the text, but the numerous maps are useful. There are extensive footnotes and a comprehensive bibliography. Recommended for academic libraries or public libraries with large American history collections. Index not seen.-- Grant A. Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist . P.L., Metamora
"The Brief Edition is sure to be a successful successor to the original. General readers should find this to be an unintimidating work that is eloquently written. Teachers who assign this book for their class will be pleased."-F. Evan Nooe, H-Net Florida -- F. Evan Nooe * H-Net Florida *