A solid contribution to a hitherto rather muddled -- for most of us -- period in our national background. A history of the exploration, conquest, colonization and defense of Spanish territory in America from 1492 to 1700. The thoroughness of Spanish exploration, the wealth of their conquests, and its repercussions in the opposition of England, France and Holland. Thoroughness in research and study of the various voyages made against the King of Castille makes this volume a fairly complete record of naval battles, raids, privateering, freebooting as conducted in the New World during the period of Spanish domination. Carefully documented, scholarly in style, the subject still emerges as of interest to any readers who enjoy American history.