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Publisher's Summary

An eminent scholar finds a new American history in the Hispanic past of our diverse nation. The United States is still typically conceived of as an offshoot of England, with our history unfolding east to west beginning with the first English settlers in Jamestown. This view overlooks the significance of America's Hispanic past. With the profile of the United States increasingly Hispanic, the importance of recovering the Hispanic dimension to our national story has never been greater.
This absorbing narrative begins with the explorers and conquistadores who planted Spain's first colonies in Puerto Rico, Florida, and the Southwest. Missionaries and rancheros carry Spain's expansive impulse into the late eighteenth century, settling California, mapping the American interior to the Rockies, and charting the Pacific coast. During the nineteenth century Anglo-America expands west under the banner of "Manifest Destiny" and consolidates control through war with Mexico.
In the Hispanic resurgence that follows, it is the peoples of Latin America who overspread the continent, from the Hispanic heartland in the West to major cities such as Chicago, Miami, New York, and Boston. The United States clearly has a Hispanic present and future. And here is its Hispanic past, presented with characteristic insight and wit by one of our greatest historians.
©2014 Felipe Fernández-Armesto (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Marianne on 09-01-14

A history of America from the West

What did you love best about Our America?

Finally, a more balanced history of the US. We are not all descended from European settlers. The history of America is not just north America. Indians and Mexicans were there before European settlers and their story is often wilfully neglected.

What other book might you compare Our America to and why?

The Mayflower

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The story of the American West, how it was stolen.

Any additional comments?

This should be part of the curriculum in US high schools.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Katherine on 02-21-18

Important analysis

I completely agree with the author's underlying thesis that the people of the United States need to recognize our Hispanic heritage in order to reconcile ourselves to the future. This is an important contribution to that effort, so I won't dwell on our minor points of disagreement. I was disappointed be David DeSantos' singsong narration, though, especially when he adopts a sort of Ricky Ricardo accent to quote the English translation of Spanish speakers.

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