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Gardens of New Spain: How Mediterranean Plants and Foods Changed America

Fascinating account of food migration

By: William W Dunmire and Evangeline L Dunmire

375 pages, 85 b/w illus, 13 maps, 2 tabs

University of Texas Press

Paperback | Nov 2004 | #149170 | ISBN: 0292705646
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Hardback | Nov 2004 | #149171 | ISBN: 029270271X
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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


1. Pre-Columbian Spain--The Full Hourglass2. Mexico before Columbus3. Pre-Columbian Agriculture in the American Southwest4. European Plantways to the New World: 1492-15215. Old World Agriculture Comes to the Mexican Mainland6. Spanish Trade, Technology, and Livestock7. New Mexico's First Mediterranean Gardens8. Into Sonora and Arizona9. The Corridor into Texas10. Hispanic Farmers Return to New Mexico11. Mediterranean Connections to Florida and California

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