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Books and Autographs
22 May 1996
New York, East
[BARCIA, ANDRES GONZALES]. Ensayo cronologico, para la historia general de la Florida, contienne los descubrimientos, y principales sucesos... à los Espanoles, Franceses, Suecos, Dinamargueses, Ingleses, y otras naciones... Madrid: Officina Real and Nicolas Rodriquez Franco, 1723. Title printed in red and black, one folding table. Folio, contemporary limp vellum; lacking one preliminary leaf (blank?), a few margins torn (F2, G1), title stamped, small blank area patched. Howes B130; Medina/Hispano-Americana 7885; Sabin 3349; Streeter sale 1177; Wagner/Spanish Southwest 84.
"Though called a chronological history of Florida, this work comprises nearly the whole Continent of America north of Mexico" --Sabin. It also covers New Mexico, Sinaloa, Quivira, Virginia, New York, Canada, etc. Of special interest, however, is the account of the competition between the French and Spanish for control of Florida in the sixteenth-century, as well as the account of the exploits of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Cabeza de Vaca, Coronado, De Soto, Onate, La Salle and Ponce de Leon. "...The principal authority on Florida itself during its two centuries of undisputed Spanish supremacy, 1567-1763" --Howes.
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