By Mark A. Burkholder
Authoritative but available, the hot four-volume Encyclopedia of Latin the US covers the historical past and tradition of important the USA, South the USA, and the Caribbean from early settlements to the current day. each one quantity makes a speciality of a particular period of time within the parts improvement. the 1st quantity explores prehistory in the course of the achievements of the Incas within the sixteenth century, and the second one quantity covers the arriving of the Spanish, colonization, and independence pursuits until eventually the 1820s.Volume III examines Latin Americas look for its personal identification from the center of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, and the fourth quantity specializes in Latin the United States because it asserts itself in foreign politics, stories the results of globalization, and turns into an influential region all over the world, from the twentieth century throughout the modern day.
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I am privileged to work closely with a large number of gifted, motivated, and engaging students at the University of North Florida. I am particularly pleased that four of them contributed entries to the volume. Justin Blanton, Kathleen M. Kole, Spencer Tyce, and Saber Gray are all exceptional students, and all four are going to develop into fine historians. Kathleen and Saber, in particular, merit special thanks. In the early stages of this project, Kathleen worked tirelessly, gathering bibliographical references, ordering rare books and articles, and helping to secure copyright permissions.
The mixture of languages illustrates the diversity of race and culture across Latin America. The Amerindians, or Native Americans, dominated the pre-Columbian time period. In the 21st century, their descendants are still prevalent in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and the upper reaches of the Amazon River in the Andes Mountains. Latin America was colonized primarily by the Spanish and to a lesser degree by the Portuguese, first and foremost in Brazil. British, French, and Dutch interlopers followed, and in the 20th century, the United States had a profound impact across the region.
Few regions were spared the ravages of disease, some did not return to preconquest population figures until the 19th century, and several never recovered. Yet, despite the changes that began with Columbus’s arrival in the Caribbean, the pre-Columbian world did not simply disappear. The aim of this volume, then, is to depart from the tendency to view 1492 as a single event that represented a complete rupture from the pre-Columbian past. The early conquest period did not bring about the total destruction or final conquest of Latin America’s indigenous peoples.