Books: Conquerors & Colonizers

THE SPANISH MAIN : Focus or ENVY — Philip Ainsworth Means— Scribner ($3). Originally "The Spanish Main" meant the mainland of North and South America controlled by Spain. Eventually it came to be associated with "not only the central and crucial part of the Spanish, empire," but also with the vast sweep of ocean where Spain's enemies concentrated their attempts to destroy her power. Philip Ainsworth Means's imposing history of the Spanish Main consequently includes colonial problems as well as accounts of pirate raids, unfamiliar items on the conquest of Peru, discussions of...

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