Amerikanuak: Basques In The New World by William A. Douglass

By William A. Douglass

A vintage research of the Basque diaspora now to be had in paperback. while Amerikanuak was once first released in 1975, it was once hailed as either a pioneering research of 1 of the yankee West’s most crucial ethnic minorities and as a fascinating, finished survey of Basque migration and payment within the Americas. Its worth as an important creation to the heritage of the Basque humans and their 5 centuries of involvement within the New global has now not reduced within the thirty years considering the fact that, and it is still the main obtainable assessment of the Basque diaspora within the Western Hemisphere. examine for the ebook took the authors via ten states of the yank West, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela as they traced the exploits of Basque whalers within the medieval Atlantic, the Basque conquistadors, missionaries, and colonists who shaped a dramatic a part of the historical past of Spanish the US, and the Basque sheepherders who have been the spine of the now approximately vanished range-sheep empires of the yank West. additionally they stick with the tale of the Basques again to their mysterious origins in prehistory to supply heritage for realizing the Basques’ personality and their place of origin within the Pyrenean mountains and seacoasts among France and Spain. This new paperback variation makes this vital learn of Basques in the USA on hand to a different iteration of readers. It incorporates a clean preface by means of William A. Douglass that considers the research of Basque emigration because the book’s first ebook. The Basque sequence

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This process was antithetical to the external vassalsuzerain structures dominated by a concern with personal honor and prestige within the framework of an essentially static, divinely prescribed and sanctioned feudal order, in which democratic institutions had no place. '"The authorities are not in agreement on the precise dimensions of Golin comtncitn. " For others it was northeastern Alava and present-day N a ~ a r r a . " The precise origins of the system are unknown; however, it clearly antedates codification in the late Middle Ages of its privileges in the many fueros and fors of the several Basque regions.

Aquila was nomi- THE BASQUE PEOPLE 39 nated king of the Goths, but in 714 he traveled with his brothers to Damascus and sold the kingdom to Caliph Walid I (705 - 15) for lands and money? The remnants of Rodericus's forces, certain nobles and churchmen, took refuge in the mountains of Asturias and Cantabria to organize a resistance. It was in the year 71 4 that the Arabs captured the city of Zaragoza, which they were to occupy continuously for the next four centuries, bringing them into contact with the Basques.

During the twentieth century, industry has penetrated the countryside, converting former agricultural towns into secondary manufacturing centers. Tourism in the Basque country, of great economic importance since the turn of the present century, is concentrated in the northern ecological zone. The tourist spas are mostly clustered along the seacoast. Biarritz is by far the most widely known tourist center in the Basque area. There is a high mountain area between the northern and southern regions of the Basque country that might be referred to THE BASQUE PEOPLE 19 as the central ecological zone.

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