375 pages, 85 b/w illus, 13 maps, 2 tabs
Tells the fascinating story of the diffusion of plants, gardens, agriculture and cuisine from late medieval Spain to the colonial frontier of Hispanic America. Beginning in the Old World, Dunmire describes how Spain came to adopt plants and their foods from the Fertile Crescent, Asia and Africa. Crossing the Atlantic, he first examines the agricultural scene of pre-Columbian Mexico and the Southwest. Then he traces the spread of plants and foods introduced from the Mediterranean to Spain's settlements in Mexico, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and California.
With a light hand, William Dunmire traces the fascinating journeys of plants--from the gardens of the Alhambra, to the floating gardens of Xochimilco, to the sunken gardens of California's Mission San Luis Rey, and to all points in between. Deeply learned, with splendid maps, illustrations, and tables, this is an invaluable reference, but it is also a delight to read. David Weber, Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History and Director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University
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