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Encyclopedia of Colonial Latin America (1550s to 1820s)
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  • Authored by: Mark A. Burkholder, Volume Editor; Thomas M. Leonard, General Editor
  • From the Series: Latin American History and Culture
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  • ISBN-10: 1438163452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4381-6345-1
  • Status: In Stock
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  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 04/01/2017
  • Dewey Number: 980
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up


Authoritative yet accessible, the Encyclopedia of Colonial Latin America (1550s to 1820s) covers the history and culture of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean from the arrival of the Spanish, colonization, and independence movements until the 1820s. This volume offers in-depth A-to-Z entries, drawing readers into the histories of colonization and celebrated independence leaders from this period.

The encyclopedia begins with an introduction to the colonial period, followed by a detailed chronology. A collection of primary source documents gives a firsthand account of the major developments of the era. A glossary, suggested readings, and dozens of color images and maps round out this attractive and reliable resource.

Entries include:

  • Acapulco
  • Simón Bolívar
  • Cattle
  • Creole
  • Fleets/fleet system
  • Independence of Spanish South America
  • War of Jenkins' Ear
  • Juntas
  • Pueblo Revolt
  • José de San Martín
  • Veracruz. 



About the Author(s)

Volume editor Mark A. Burkholder is professor of history at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He received an M.A. from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in history from Duke University. He is coauthor, with Lyman L. Johnson, of the award-winning textbook Colonial Latin America, author of Politics of a Colonial Career: José Baquíjano and the Audiencia of Lima, and coauthor, with D. S. Chandler, of From Impotence to Authority: The Spanish Crown and the American Audiencias, 1687–1808, among other books and articles.

General editor Thomas M. Leonard, Ph.D., is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of North Florida where he established and directed the International Studies Program and taught courses in Latin American history and U.S. foreign policy. He received a bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's University, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. from American University. Among Leonard's publications on U.S.-Latin American relations are The United States and Central America, 1944–1949Panama, the Canal and the United StatesLatin America during World War II; and United States-Latin American Relations, 1850–1903. He also authored the Encyclopedia of Cuban-United States Relations and two unique reference works: Day By Day: The Forties and Day By Day: The Seventies. Leonard received the presidential medal from his undergraduate alma mater, Mount St. Mary's University, in recognition of his contributions to the academic community.

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