Puritan Conquistadors: Iberianizing the Atlantic, 1550-1700
This book argues that the striking resemblances in Spanish and Puritan discourses of colonization as "exorcism" and as spiritual gardening point to a common Atlantic history. These resemblances suggest that we are better off if we simply consider the Puritan colonization of New England as a continuation of Iberian models rather than a radically different colonizing experience. The book demonstrates that a wider Pan-American perspective can upset the most cherished national narratives of the United States, for it maintains that the Puritan colonization of New England was as much a chivalric, crusading act of Reconquista (against the Devil) as was the Spanish conquest.
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This is an excellent 15 page article. Unfortunately it is a 200 page book. It makes the point that both Puritans and Conquistadors used the same sort of crusading rhetoric, portraying the Americas as ... Read full review
What a joke! This argument is preposterous. If he actually used an evidence-based approach, he would never arrive at such a bizarre, counterfactual conclusion.