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By Herbert Eugene Bolton, John Francis Bannon

ISBN-10: 080611150X

ISBN-13: 9780806111506

Within the early years of the 20th century, Herbert Eugene Bolton unfolded a brand new region of research in American background: the Spanish Borderlands. His examine took him to the records of Mexico, the place he came across a wealth of unpublished, even unknown, fabric that shed new gentle at the early heritage of North the United States, quite the yank Southwest. The seventeen essays during this ebook, edited by means of John Francis Bannon, illustrate the significance of his contributions to American historiography and supply a superior starting place for college kids of Borderlands historical past.

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Then on a July day in 1952, a few days short of his eighty-second birthday, he was struck down by a severe cerebral hemorrhage. Six months later, early in the morning of January 30, 1953, death came. And the United States mourned the passing of one of its great historians. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Great men are always controversial figures. How truly great were they? Was the respect and honor paid them in life really deserved? Is the cult of their names in after years well founded, or is it too heavily weighted with emotion, or may it even be quite unjustified?

In the heat of periodic discussion about whether the Americas have had and have a "common history" (a term which was not coined by Bolton), there is the unfortunate and very real possibility that Bolton's correct place in the history of American historical writing may be obscured to the point of being overlooked. He was first and foremost the historian of the Borderlands. He may not have succeeded in his oft-professed aim to "Parkmanize" the story of the Spaniards in North America; but he certainly laid the groundwork for the Parkman of the future, if he ever appears and undertakes the gigantic task.

The more westerly of the Great Lakes, sections of the Ohio Valley, the Wabash Valley, and the great Mississippi Valley along its Page 5 entire course had seen the white man, had housed him, had begun to yield to him some, at least, of their natural wealth long before the stream of Anglo-American settlers first started to trickle and then to flood down from the Appalachian watershed. The French had been there much earlier in the eighteenth century, had explored widely, had built their posts, and had begun to tap the resources.

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