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Native and Spanish New Worlds
Sixteenth-Century Entradas in the American Southwest and Southeast
Edited by Clay Mathers; Jeffrey M. Mitchem; Charles M. Haecker
400 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / 2013
Paper (978-0-8165-3122-6) [s]
  
Series
  - Amerind Studies in Anthropology

Related Interest
  - Archaeology


Spanish-led entradas—expeditions bent on the exploration and control of new territories—took place throughout the sixteenth century in what is now the southern United States. Although their
This long overdue contribution offers cutting edge research into the nature and respective impacts of Spanish/native interactions in the sixteenth century. . . . it is destined to become a classic reference for serious researchers.

—Economic Botany

The value of this book lies in its use of rigorously collected archaeological, historical, and scientific data to investigate the many types of cultural entanglement and colonialism that occurred between European and Native peoples in the New World and the varying outcomes these held for the peoples involved. . . . an outstanding piece of research.

—Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology

Despite an extensive documentary record and a century of archaeological investigations into Spanish entradas and Native-European contact sites in North America, a comparative synthesis has long remained elusive. This new collection admirably and effectively succeeds in filling in this formidable gap in Spanish borderlands culture history and research.

—CHOICE Reviews

The authors focus on several major themes—social, economic, political, military, environmental, and demographic—to explore the first century of interaction between natives and Europeans. It is a comprehensive approach that is a first in the scholarly study of the 16th-century Spanish entradas.

—American Archaeology

This book represents the most comprehensive scholarly review of
the sixteenth-century entradas yet written.

—Russell K. Skowronek, co-editor of Beneath the Ivory Tower: The Archaeology of Academia

This book makes an important contribution to what will continue
to be an active area of scholarship.

—Gregory A. Waselkov, author of A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813–1814

impact was profound, both locally and globally, detailed analyses of these encounters are notably scarce. Focusing on several major themes—social, economic, political, military, environmental, and demographic—the contributions gathered here explore not only the cultures and peoples involved in these unique engagements but also the wider connections and disparities between these borderlands and the colonial world in general during the first century of Native–European contact in North America. Bringing together research from both the southwestern and southeastern United States, this book offers a comparative synthesis of Native–European contacts and their consequences in both regions. The chapters also engage at different scales of analysis, from locally based research to macro-level evaluations, using documentary, paleoclimatic, and regional archaeological data.

No other volume assembles such a wide variety of archaeological, ethnohistorical, environmental, and biological information to elucidate the experience of Natives and Europeans in the early colonial world of Northern New Spain, and the global implications of entradas during this formative period in borderlands history.


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