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This work, by William Douglass (who helped initiate the Basque Studies Program at the University of Nevada, Reno) and Jon Bilbao (author of several Basque reference works), is the most accessible overview of the Basque diaspora in the Western Hemisphere. Amerikanuak is a pioneering study of one of the American West’s most important ethnic minorities, an engaging, comprehensive survey of Basque migration and settlement in the Americas, and an essential introduction to the history of the Basque people and their five centuries of involvement in the New World.
Research for the book took the authors through ten states of the American West, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela as they traced the exploits of Basque whalers in the medieval Atlantic, the Basque conquistadors, missionaries, colonists, and sheepherders who formed a dramatic part of the history of Spanish America. They also follow the story of the Basques back to their mysterious origins in prehistory to provide background for understanding the Basques’ character and their homeland in the Pyrenean mountains and seacoasts between France and Spain. This is a revised and updated edition of the original 1975 publication. New preface by William A. Douglass.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotations
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface to Paperback Edition
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. The Basque People
  2. pp. 9-60
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  1. 2. Mercenaries, Missionaries, Mariners, and Merchants
  2. pp. 61-116
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  1. 3. Sheepmen of South America
  2. pp. 117-176
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  1. 4. Basques in Spanish California
  2. pp. 177-202
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  1. 5. Basque Beginnings in the New California
  2. pp. 203-246
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  1. 6. Beyond California
  2. pp. 247-326
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  1. 7. Ethnicity Maintenance Among Basque-Americans
  2. pp. 327-396
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  1. 8. Conclusion
  2. pp. 397-412
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  1. Appendixes
  1. Appendix 1. Document of Departure of Pedro Altube Prepared in Oñate, Guipúzcoa 6 May 1845
  2. p. 413
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  1. Appendix 2. Persons with Basque Names, or Associated with Basques, Who Applied for Passports in Buenos Aires Listing California as Their Destination
  2. pp. 414-415
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  1. Appendix 3. I. Passports with Basque Names, Issued by the Intendencia de Valparaíso, to Persons Listing California as Their Destination, 1849
  2. pp. 416-420
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  1. Appendix 4. Basque Biographies in California County Histories
  2. pp. 421-424
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  1. Appendix 5. Synopses of Biographical Sketches of Fourteen Basques who Entered California Between 1845 and 1860
  2. pp. 425-427
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  1. Appendix 6. "Conbenio" or Contract Between Don Abel Stearns and Don Domingo Amestoy
  2. pp. 428-429
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  1. Appendix 7. Communities of the American West that have at present, or have had in the past, Basque ethnic group organizations and manifestations
  2. pp. 430-433
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  1. Appendix 8. Basque Hotelkeepers in Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah, according to Sol Silen
  2. pp. 434-436
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 437-458
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 459-490
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 491-519
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780874176759
Related ISBN
9780874170436
MARC Record
OCLC
1017611679
Pages
535
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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