Spanish Empire—Reading Assignments by Era

    Romans and Visigoths     Moorish Spain     Reconquista     Exploration     Hapsburg Spain     Bourbon Spain     Mexico     South America



Romans and Visigoths—250 B.C. to 711

Punic Wars in Spain to Moorish Conquest


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Ober - Spain: A History for Young Readers   Ancient Iberia to A Kingdom of the Goths (4)
Horne - Story of the Greatest Nations: Spain   The Beginnings of Spain (1)
Bonner - A Child's History of Spain   From the Beginning to The Moorish Conquest (3)

Supplemental Recommendations

Abbott - The Romance of Spanish History   Early History of Spain to Roman and Gothic Spain (3)
Morris - Historical Tales: Spanish   The Good King Wamba to The Battle of Guadalete (4)

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate




Moorish Spain—711 to 1492

Battle of Guadalete to Fall of Granada


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Ober - Spain: A History for Young Readers   The Invasion from Africa to Decline of the Moors (4)
Horne - Story of the Greatest Nations: Spain   Spain Under the Moors (1)
Bonner - A Child's History of Spain   The Moorish Conquest to The Great Vizier (8)

Supplemental Recommendations

Abbott - The Romance of Spanish History   The Moorish Invasion to The Moors and Christians (4)
Morris - Historical Tales: Spanish   The Battle of Guadalete to Adventures of a Fugitive Prince (7)
Florian - A History of the Moors in Spain    entire book
Irving - Irving's Alhambra    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate




Reconquista—1050 to 1516

Reconquest of Toledo to Death of Ferdinand


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Ober - Spain: A History for Young Readers   Spain's Heroic Age to A Memorable Reign (7)
Horne - Story of the Greatest Nations: Spain   Rise of the Christian Kingdoms to Ferdinand and Isabella (2)
Bonner - A Child's History of Spain   The Christians of Northern Spain to The End of Ferdinand and Isabella (15)

Supplemental Recommendations

Abbott - The Romance of Spanish History   Spain a Battle-field to Domestic Sorrows (9)
Morris - Historical Tales: Spanish   Bernardo del Carpio to The Great Captain (11)
Howard - Isabella of Castile    entire book
Wilson - The Story of the Cid For Young People    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate




Exploration—1430 to 1540

Prince Henry the Navigator to Discovery of Mississippi


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Hutchinson - The Men Who Found America    entire book
Synge - The Discovery of New Worlds   Discovery of the New World to Conquest of Peru (13)
Morris - Historical Tales: Spanish American   The Isles of Beauty to Coronado and the Seven Cities (9)

Supplemental Recommendations

Imlach - The Story of Columbus    entire book
Duncan - The Story of Sir Walter Raleigh    entire book
Synge - A Book of Discovery   Prince Henry of Portugal to Explorers in South America (10)
Ober - Amerigo Vespucci    entire book
Ober - Vasco Nunez de Balboa    entire book
Ober - Pizarro and the Conquest of Peru    entire book
Ober - Juan Ponce de Leon    entire book
Ober - Ferdinand De Soto and the Invasion of Florida    entire book
Ober - Hernando Cortes Conqueror of Mexico    entire book
Ober - Columbus the Discoveror    entire book
Ober - Ferdinand Magellan    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate




Hapsburg Spain—1516 to 1700

Charles V, Emperor to War of Spanish Succession


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Ober - Spain: A History for Young Readers   When Spain was Great to The Seventeenth Century (4)
Horne - Story of the Greatest Nations: Spain   Spain Under the Hapsburgs (1)

Supplemental Recommendations

Baldwin - Stories of Don Quixote    entire book
Morris - Historical Tales: Spanish   A King in Captivity to Henry Morgan and Buccaneers (9)
Stockton - Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts    entire book
Esquemeling - The Buccaneers of America    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate




Bourbon Spain—1712 to 1931

Peace of Utrecht to Spanish Civil War


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Ober - Spain: A History for Young Readers   The House of Bourbon to The Treaty of Peace (10)
Horne - Story of the Greatest Nations: Spain   Spain Under the Bourbons to The New Monarchy (4)
Bonner - A Child's History of Spain   Philip the Fifth to Spain in Our Day (12)

Supplemental Recommendations

Abbott - The Romance of Spanish History   The Spanish Bourbons to The Revolution (4)
Morris - Historical Tales: Spanish   Elizabeth Farnese to Manila and Santiago (6)
Abbott - Joseph Bonaparte    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate




Mexico—1520 to 1921

Conquests of Cortez to Mexican Revolution

SPANISH MEXICO


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Noll - A Short History of Mexico   Aboriginal Mexico to The Regency and Empire (7)
Banks - The Boys' Prescott    entire book
Ober - Young Folks' History of Mexico   The Discovery of Mexico to The Great Revolution (17)

Supplemental Recommendations

Winlow - Our Little Aztec Cousin of Long Ago    entire book
Duncan - Mexico    entire book
Morris - The Story of Mexico   Cortes Conquers the Aztecs to Rule of the Spanish Viceroys (2)
Ober - Hernando Cortes Conqueror of Mexico    entire book

Also Recommended

Fitch - Junipero Serra    entire book
Hudson - The Famous Missions of California    entire book

REPUBLICAN MEXICO


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Noll - A Short History of Mexico   Republic and Revolt of Texas to Diaz and Mexico of Today (7)
Ober - Young Folks' History of Mexico   Mexico Still Struggling to Last Years of the Aztec Empire (7)

Supplemental Recommendations

Perkins - The Mexican Twins    entire book
Upton - Table of Contents    entire book
Morris - Historical Tales: Spanish American   Conquest of New Mexico to Hobson and the Merrimac (6)
Noll - From Empire to Republic    entire book
Morris - The Story of Mexico   Winning of Freedom to The Nations Seek Mediation (14)

Also Recommended

- High Lights of the Mexican Revolution    entire book
Ladd - The War with Mexico    entire book
Sabin - Into Mexico with General Scott    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate




South America—1525 to 1921

Conquests of Pizarro to Early 20th Century


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Brooks - Stories of South America    entire book
Morris - Historical Tales: Spanish American   Miranda and Argentina to The Governor and the Smuggler (17)

Supplemental Recommendations

Scott - Gabrial Garcia Moreno    entire book
Butterworth - South America    entire book
Stockton - Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts    entire book
Towle - The Adventures of Pizarro    entire book
Noll - The Peruvians    entire book
Schoellkopf - Don Jose de San Martin    entire book
Sherwell - Simon Bolivar    entire book

Also Recommended

Brady - South American Fights and Fighters    entire book
Esquemeling - The Buccaneers of America    entire book
Browne - South America: Peeps at Many Land    entire book
Browne - Panama: Peeps at Many Lands    entire book
Southworth - Our South American Neighbors    entire book
Ober - Vasco Nunez de Balboa    entire book
Ober - Pizarro and the Conquest of Peru    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate