Spanish Colonial Fortifications in North America 1565-1822
By Alejandro De Quesdada Illustrated by Stephen Walsh
At its height, Spanish colonial dominance in the Western hemisphere stretched from the Pacific Northwest to Cape Horn. To defend this vast territory, Spain constructed a series of fortifications right across the North American continent, linking settlements in Florida with the Presidios of California and the Pacific Coast. Deigned to defend against both competing colonial powers and the natives, their construction varied between different landscapes and populations. Quesdada’s comprehensive study of these forts is analyzed through detailed illustrations and contemporary plans. Many of the sites can still be visited today, and form the basis for some of North America’s most vibrant cities.
Full color artwork, photographs, unrivaled detail and color maps included.
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