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Missions and the Frontiers of Spanish America: A Comparative Study of the Impact of Environmental, Economic, Political and Socio-cultural Variations on the Missions in the Rio de la Plata Region and on the Northern Frontier of New Spain

Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson's tenth and most ambitious book explores the factors and dispels the false ideas around how the fringes of Spain's empire in the Americas developed. He details how environmental differences and socio-cultural variations had a controlling influence on development of the missions in each region and how these factors explain the striking differences in the mission structure.

Jackson's extensive on-site research covers New Mexico (1598-1580 and 1696-1833), the Rio de la Plata region (1609-1848), the Primeria Alta Region (1687-1833), Texas (1690-1695 and 1716-1815), Baja California (1697-1833), and Alta California (1769-1833).

Missions and the Frontiers of Spanish America is a readable and generously illustrated book that puts the role of the missions, missionaries, and indigenous peoples into a broader historical context.


Robert H. Jackson, an independent historian, resides in Spring, Texas. He is widely published in the history of colonial Latin America and the borderlands.


"This work is recommended as a sourcebook for libraries."


Colonial Latin American Historical Review

"Robert Jackson has long been a well-known name within the field of Borderlands hisory. Missions and Frontiers of Spanish America is his tenth book, and the study capitalizes on his long experience in the field."


H-Net Book Review

Published By Pentacle Press

6 x 9 in. 592 pages 187 halftones, 19 maps