El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America

El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America

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.

Title:El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802127020

    El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America Reviews

  • Chrisl

    Like how the author begins ... quoting Walt Whitman and going to Nogales ... book is too fat with info for reading now, and it covers an array of history I've previously devoted many, many hours.Here ...

  • Daniel

    A well written and researched book that gives a solid overview of the complicated history of Hispanic North America. The author has given me much to think about and a thorough bibliography to help me ...

  • Gilda Felt

    As I started this book, I was swept back to grade school, where every year we began our history lessons with the exploits of the Conquistadors, so I knew of Ponce de Leon, Hernán Cortés, and all the...

  • Marzie

    In a timely and ambitious volume, Carrie Gibson has given us an alternate history of the United States from the perspective of the Spanish conquerors of the New World all the way to the present day, w...

  • Kristine

    El Norte by Carrie Gibson is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late December.Oop, this’ll likely have some carryover from reading América…. somewhat: the chapters are about the outcomes of in...

  • Joe Bellew

    Good book. American history is in large part Hispanic. We forget that, if we ever knew. ...

  • Ethan

    A comprehensive exploration of the "Spanish" experience in North America, from the days of Columbus to Trump and his wall. The author begins with Columbus' expedition and the conquistadores, pointing ...

  • Geoffrey

    (Note: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley)At present it feels like more people are emboldened about aggressively pushing a message that amounts to this - the US, a nation that started as a ...

  • Shari Suarez

    A comprehensive history of the Spanish history of the United States from Columbus to Trump. I wondered if maybe this book might be too ambitious but I was mistaken. Gibson has clearly done a lot of re...

  • Paul L'Herrou

    Interesting topic, but at 437 pages plus another 123 pages of time line, bibliography, notes, and index it is more than anyone may want to read to get a perspective on the Hispanic exploration, settle...