Spanish Empire—Reading Assignments by Era

    Romans and Visigoths     Reconquista     United Spain     Hapsburg Spain     Bourbon Spain     New Spain     Mexico     South America



Romans and Visigoths—300 B.C. to 750

Phoenician Colonies to Moorish Conquest


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Ober - Spain: A History for Young Readers   Ancient Iberia to The Invasion from Africa (5)
Horne - Story of the Greatest Nations: Spain   Spain Under the Moors to Rulers of Spain (2)

Supplemental Recommendations

Bonner - A Child's History of Spain   From the Beginning to Abderrahman the First (6)
Abbott - The Romance of Spanish History   Early History of Spain to The Moorish Invasion (3)
Morris - Historical Tales: Spanish   The Good King Wamba to The Cave of Covadonga (9)
Florian - A History of the Moors in Spain    entire book



Reconquista—750 to 1400

Caliphate of Cordova to Pogroms of Seville


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Ober - Spain: A History for Young Readers   The Western Califate to Kings of Castile and Aragon (4)
Horne - Story of the Greatest Nations: Spain   Rulers of Spain to Rise of the Christian Kingdoms (2)

Supplemental Recommendations

Bonner - A Child's History of Spain   Abderrahman the First to The Moors at Granada (11)
Abbott - The Romance of Spanish History   The Moors and Christians to Chivalry and Crime (3)
Morris - Historical Tales: Spanish   Adventures of a Fugitive Prince to Peter the Cruel (5)
Wilson - The Story of the Cid For Young People    entire book
Florian - A History of the Moors in Spain    entire book
Irving - Irving's Alhambra    entire book



United Spain—1350 to 1520

Trastamara Kings to Death of Ferdinand


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Ober - Spain: A History for Young Readers   Ferdinand and Isabella to When Spain was Great (5)
Horne - Story of the Greatest Nations: Spain   Ferdinand and Isabella (1)

Supplemental Recommendations

Bonner - A Child's History of Spain   The Christians of Northern Spain to The End of Ferdinand and Isabella (15)
Abbott - The Romance of Spanish History   The Marriage of Isabella to Domestic Sorrows (7)
Morris - Historical Tales: Spanish   The Key to Granada to The Great Captain (7)
Howard - Isabella of Castile    entire book
Imlach - The Story of Columbus    entire book



Hapsburg Spain—1520 to 1700

Reign of Charles V to Last Spanish Hapsburg


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Ober - Spain: A History for Young Readers   Charles I and Philip II to The Seventeenth Century (3)
Horne - Story of the Greatest Nations: Spain   Spain Under the Hapsburgs (1)

Supplemental Recommendations

Abbott - The Romance of Spanish History   Charles V and his Son Philip to Philip II, III, and IV. (3)
Morris - Historical Tales: Spanish   A King in Captivity to Henry Morgan and Buccaneers (9)
Baldwin - Stories of Don Quixote    entire book
Macgregor - The Netherlands    entire book
Duncan - Mexico    entire book
Stockton - Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts    entire book

Religious Interest

Forbes - Life of St. Ignatius    entire book
Forbes - Life of St. Teresa    entire book



Bourbon Spain—1700 to 1900

War of Spanish Succession to Spanish American War


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Ober - Spain: A History for Young Readers   The House of Bourbon to Isabella II to Alfonso XIII (5)
Horne - Story of the Greatest Nations: Spain   Spain Under the Bourbons to Spain as a Republic (3)

Supplemental Recommendations

Bonner - A Child's History of Spain   Philip the Fifth to Spain in Our Day (12)
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



New Spain—1520 to 1820

Conquest of Mexico to Grito de Dolores


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Noll - A Short History of Mexico   The Conquest of Mexico to Diaz and Mexico of Today (3)
Duncan - Mexico    entire book

Supplemental Recommendations

Winlow - Our Little Aztec Cousin of Long Ago    entire book
Ober - Young Folks' History of Mexico   The Discovery of Mexico to The Viceroys: concluded (16)
Morris - The Story of Mexico   Ancient Mexico to Rule of the Spanish Viceroys (3)
Banks - The Boys' Prescott    entire book

Exploration

Ober - Vasco Nunez de Balboa    entire book
Ober - Ferdinand De Soto and the Invasion of Florida    entire book
Towle - The Adventures of Pizarro    entire book



Mexico—1820 to 1930

Mexican Independence to Cristeros War


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Noll - A Short History of Mexico   The Regency and Empire to Diaz and Mexico of Today (8)
Ober - Young Folks' History of Mexico   The Great Revolution to Mexico After the 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 Relations with the United States (11)
- High Lights of the Mexican Revolution    entire book
Ladd - The War with Mexico    entire book
Sabin - Into Mexico with General Scott    entire book



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