chapter  3
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Refashioning Hispanic landscapes

THE SPANISH landscape of the United States is usually associated with California and the Southwest alone, yet Spain explored and colonized a much greater proportion of the United States than the small area now identified with Spanish influence suggests. A fundamental reason for the general unawareness of Spanish settlement is that the history and geography of the United States have been written from the viewpoint of English settlement on the east coast. Before English colonists settled the eastern seaboard, however, Spain had explored and occupied much of the present-day southeastern and southwestern parts of the United States.