By Mark A. Burkholder
Authoritative but available, the hot four-volume Encyclopedia of Latin the USA covers the heritage and tradition of important the United States, South the US, and the Caribbean from early settlements to the current day. every one quantity specializes in a particular period of time within the parts improvement. the 1st quantity explores prehistory in the course of the achievements of the Incas within the sixteenth century, and the second one quantity covers the arriving of the Spanish, colonization, and independence hobbies until eventually the 1820s.Volume III examines Latin Americas look for its personal id from the center of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, and the fourth quantity makes a speciality of Latin the USA because it asserts itself in foreign politics, reports the results of globalization, and turns into an influential quarter all over the world, from the 20 th century throughout the cutting-edge.
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The limited coverage of the period from the initial human migrations across the Bering land bridge more than 40,000 years ago to the earliest settlements in Latin America is the result of a relative paucity of information, especially compared to the tremendous volume of material for the period 250–1560. Lastly, certain regions, such as Central Mexico, the Yucatán Peninsula, and the central and southern Andes receive more attention than other parts of Latin America. This is because those regions supported populations under the Aztec, the Maya, and the Inca that have attracted a great deal of scholarly interest.
Latin America’s participation in the global economy accelerated in the 20th century, but the new era also brought new players in the region’s economic and political arena—the United States and Latin America’s lower socioeconomic groups. These concepts form the basis for the entries in volume IV, The Age of Globalization. S. S. determination to construct a trans-isthmian canal. S. three-month participation in the Cuban-Spanish War in 1898 and its role in securing Panama’s independence in 1903 also confirmed long-standing assumptions regarding the backwardness of Latin American societies, owing to the legacies of the Spanish colonial system.
Still others, such as the Aztecs and the Incas, had forged large empires with millions of subjects. The Atlantic World in the Age of Conquest, 1492–1560: A Brief Overview Columbus’s 1492 voyage initiated a period of unprecedented European expansion into the continents surrounding the Atlantic Ocean; this “age of conquest” was led by Spain and Portugal. Even before Columbus’s historic Atlantic crossing, the Portuguese had made landfall on the Atlantic islands of Madeira (1419), the Azores (1427), and the Cape Verdes (1456), and the Spaniards had begun the conquest of the Canary Islands (between 1478 and 1493).