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Herrera
Jay I. Kislak Foundation
Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas,
Historia general de los hechos de los Castellanos en las islas i tierra firme del mar oceano...

Madrid: Imprenta Real, 1601-1615.

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Before Herrera held the post of Cronista Mayor de las Indias, a lucrative royal appointment, he had written histories of Portugal, Mary Stuart, the Turks, and the Spanish in Flanders. His massive history of New Spain follows Roman models and focuses firmly on discoverors and conquerors rather than upon indigenous peoples. In it, the Spanish are guided at every turn by Providence, which singled them out for a special vocation to the peoples of the Indies.

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