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Possible Paradises: Basque Emigration to the Americas (Hardback)
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Possible Paradises: Basque Emigration to the Americas (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 31/12/2001
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From Columbus's first voyage to ""the Indies"" in 1492, Basques have participated in Spain's American enterprise. Supported by centuries of experience as mariners, shipbuilders, traders, miners and ironworkers; encouraged toward emigration by restrictive inheritance laws and a land-poor territory; and conditioned by a culture that prized hard work and social solidarity, the Basques were poised to play a significant role in the exploration and development of the New World. The first Basques arrived with Columbus, and well into the 20th century they continued to arrive seeking livelihood and refuge. ""Possible Paradises"", Jose Manuel Azcona Pastor's study of Basque emigration to the Americas, is a work considered to be of monumental importance. Covering mo re than five centuries of history, Azcona examines the roles and fates of the Basques who came to the New World. He also studies the impact of the New World on the Basque Country. He considers the role of Basques in the Spanish imperial expeditions of exploration and conquest, and their participation in transatlantic commerce and communication. The Basque diaspora, although worldwide in dimension, has had its greatest presence and importance in the Americas. Enhanced by numerous tables and graphs, maps, name lists and photographs, Azcona's pioneering study views the Basque presence in the New World through the broadest possible lens, linking Basque communities and activities from Argentina to the North American West.

Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874174441
Weight: 971 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Azcona Pastor gives an excellent and anecdotally detailed description of the activities of Basque individuals in the colonization period of Latin America. . . . This publication will be especially useful to students of history and a must-read for beginning specialists in Basque involvement in Latin America. Gloria Totoricaguena, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, April 2005
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Azcona Pastor s use of archival and contemporary published materials lends fascinating detail to the narrative. Mark A. Burkholder, The International History Review, September 2005"

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