The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923

Book Reviews and Noticees.

The Spanish Borderlands: a Chronicle of Old Florida. and the
Southwest. By Herbert E. Bolton. Chronicles of America
series, Vol. XXIII. New Haven: Yale University Press.
1921. Pp. xiv, 320.
This book is really a companion to two other well known vol-
umes of the Chronicles of America series-Richman's Spanish
Conquerors (volume 2) and Shepherd's Hispanic Nations of the
New World (volume 50). The first tells the story of the original
conquistadores-Columbus, Balboa, Cort6s, and Pizarro; the latter
surveys the early nineteenth century struggles for independence
and the post-revolutionary movements in the various Hispanic
American countries. Bolton's Spanish Borderlands tells "of
Spanish pathfinders and pioneers in the regions between Florida
and California, now belonging to the United States, over which
Spain held sway for centuries. These were the northern outposts
of New Spain, maintained chiefly to hold the country against
foreign intruders and against the inroads of savage tribes. They
were far from the centers of Spanish colonial civilization, in the
West Indies, Central America, Mexico, and Peru."
With such a purpose fulfilled, this book is of dual interest and
importance; it serves as a sort of connecting link-at least so
far as the Spanish frontier in North America is concerned-
between the achievements of Spain's first great conquerors as told
by Richman, and the beginnings of Hispanic American national
autonomy and development as related by Shepherd. In addition
it sets forth in clear, scholarly, and well-told narrative that part
of the history of the present United States that was contributed by
Spain-a part overlooked and disregarded so long by historians of
the United States, and a part which, due to the researches of
Professor Bolton and associated scholars, is just now coming to
be recognized as of comparative importance with those parts played
by the French, the English, the Dutch, the Swedes, and the
In The Colonization of North America, 1492-1788 (New York,
1921), Professors Bolton and Marshall have presented a text of
European colonization in North America and have attempted to

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