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New Views of Borderlands History

Edited by Robert Jackson

These seven original essays offer the first ethnohistorical interpretation of Spanish-Indian interaction from Florida to California. The indigenous peoples in the borderlands were hunter-gatherers or agriculturalists whose lives differed substantially from the lives of Indians in large-scale hierarchical societies of central Mexico. As a result, Spain's entry and expansion varied throughout the borderlands.

How did indigenous peoples fare under Spanish rule from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries? The contributors to this book discuss the social, demographic, and economic impacts of Spanish colonization on Indians. Relations among settlers, soldiers, priests, and indigenous peoples throughout the borderlands are examined, bringing immediacy and human interest to the interpretation.

Contributors are Susan M. Deeds, JesĂșs F. de la Teja, Ross Frank, Robert H. Jackson, Peter Stern, and Patricia Wickman. Their essays offer a new and engaging synthesis that will reinvigorate teaching and research in borderlands history.


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

Jesus F. de la Teja, Ph.D. is chair of the history department at Texas State University, San Marcos.

Ross Frank is associate professor in the department of ethnic studies, University of California, San Diego.

Jesus F. de la Teja, Ph.D. is chair of the history department at Texas State University, San Marcos.


". . . should be of interest to both general readers and Borderlands specialists. Most importantly though, the essays in this volume contribute to the lively conversation on the Spanish Borderlands from California to Florida."


Western Historical Quarterly

". . . the book offers new and specialized cross-disciplinary methodology . . . (and) succeeds in presenting 'new views' . . . in its impressive demonstration of a new paradigm for future historical analysis of the Americas."


American Historical Review

" New Views of Borderlands History . . . represents a valuable contribution to our understanding of regional distinctiveness in Spanish America. Graduate students and specialists in ethnohistory, anthropology, archaeology, and Spanish borderlands will benefit from reading this engaging synthesis."


History Magazine

6 x 9 in. 258 pages 11 halftones, 8 maps, 13 tables