This compact synthesis of David J. Weber's prize-winning history of colonial Spanish North America vividly tells the story of Spain's three-hundred-year tenure on the continent. From the first Spanish-Indian contact through Spain's gradual retreat, Weber offers a balanced assessment of the impact of each civilization upon the other. Praise for the previous edition: "I cannot imagine a single book giving a more comprehensive and balanced study of Spain's presence in North America."Louis Kleber,History Today "For readers seeking to understand the larger meaning of the Spanish heritage in North America, Weber's vivid narrative is a must. This is social and cultural history at its best."Howard R. Lamar, Yale University "A superb study."Choice "[A] deeply researched and splendidly conceived and written survey."Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.,New York Times Book Review
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 Bárbaros: Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment. He lives in Dallas and in Ramah, NM.