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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2020 12:10 p.m. PST

"In 1565, half a century before the Pilgrim Fathers, the Spanish began the first European settlement in the present-day United States. Yet, despite Hispanic roots that go back nearly half a millennium, descendants of more recent immigrants have ignored this basic truth and sought to exclude them from the American story.

Carrie Gibson's El Norte is an important rejoinder to the mainstream, ‘Waspish' histories of the US that prioritise English pioneers over their Spanish counterparts. As Gibson demonstrates, a fuller history would also highlight that Hispanics in the US have not always been marginalised. As well as pioneers, they were oppressors, whose settlement disrupted the pre-existing indigenous order…"
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