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When the Spanish began colonizing the Americas in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, they brought with them the plants and foods of their homeland-wheat, melons, grapes, vegetables, and every kind of Mediterranean fruit. Missionaries and colonists introduced these plants to the native peoples of Mexico and the American Southwest, where they became staple crops alongside the corn, beans, and squash that had traditionally sustained the original Americans. This intermingling of Old and New World plants and foods was one of the most significant fusions in the history of international cuisine and gave rise to many of the foods that we so enjoy today. Gardens of New Spain tells the fascinating story of the diffusion of plants, gardens, agriculture, and cuisine from late medieval Spain to the colonial frontier of Hispanic America. Beginning in the Old World, William Dunmire describes how Spain came to adopt plants and their foods from the Fertile Crescent, Asia, and Africa. Crossing the Atlantic, he first examines the agricultural scene of Pre-Columbian Mexico and the Southwest. Then he traces the spread of plants and foods introduced from the Mediterranean to Spain's settlements in Mexico, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California. In lively prose, Dunmire tells stories of the settlers, missionaries, and natives who blended their growing and eating practices into regional plantways and cuisines that live on today in every corner of America.
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Evangeline L. Dunmire, William W. Dunmire
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University of Texas Press
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Evangeline L. Dunmire
Table Of Content
1. Pre-Columbian Spain--The Full Hourglass 2. Mexico before Columbus 3. Pre-Columbian Agriculture in the American Southwest 4. European Plantways to the New World: 1492\-1521 5. Old World Agriculture Comes to the Mexican Mainland 6. Spanish Trade, Technology, and Livestock 7. New Mexico's First Mediterranean Gardens 8. Into Sonora and Arizona 9. The Corridor into Texas 10. Hispanic Farmers Return to New Mexico 11. Mediterranean Connections to Florida and California
List of Tables- List of Maps- Preface- Prologue- Chapter 1. Pre-Columbian Spain-The Full Hourglass- Chapter 2. Mexico before Columbus- Chapter 3. Pre-Columbian Agriculture in the American Southwest- Chapter 4. European Plantways to the New World: 1492-1521- Chapter 5. Old World Agriculture Comes to the Mexican Mainland- Chapter 6. Spanish Trade, Technology, and Livestock- Chapter 7. New Mexico's First Mediterranean Gardens- Chapter 8. Into Sonora and Arizona- Chapter 9. The Corridor into Texas- Chapter 10. Hispanic Farmers Return to New Mexico- Chapter 11. Mediterranean Connections to Florida and California- Epilogue- Appendix: Master Plant List- Glossary- Sources- Selected Bibliography- Index
List of TablesList of MapsPrefacePrologueChapter 1. Pre-Columbian Spain--The Full HourglassChapter 2. Mexico before ColumbusChapter 3. Pre-Columbian Agriculture in the American SouthwestChapter 4. European Plantways to the New World: 1492-1521Chapter 5. Old World Agriculture Comes to the Mexican MainlandChapter 6. Spanish Trade, Technology, and LivestockChapter 7. New Mexico's First Mediterranean GardensChapter 8. Into Sonora and ArizonaChapter 9. The Corridor into TexasChapter 10. Hispanic Farmers Return to New MexicoChapter 11. Mediterranean Connections to Florida and CaliforniaEpilogueAppendix: Master Plant ListGlossarySourcesSelected BibliographyIndex
"With a light hand, William Dunmire traces the fascinating journeys of plants--from the gardens of the Alhambra, to the floating gardens of Xochimilco, to the sunken gardens of California's Mission San Luis Rey, and to all points in between. Deeply learned, with splendid maps, illustrations, and tables, this is an invaluable reference, but it is also a delight to read." David Weber, Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History and Director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University
Gardens of New Spain is certainly approachable by gardeners, cooks, and amateurs of Southwestern studies as well as professional historians...it is an important addition to the sparse literature in English on the Old Southwest in the colonial era.
This scholarly document will be as enduring as the plants upon which it focuses and will reach a wide public audience because of its writing style.