Author: Ballesteros Gaibrois, Manuel (1911-2002) from the library of Dr Donald Worcester
La Idea Colonial de Ponce de Leon: un ensayo de interpretacion
Publisher: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena
Place: San Juan
294 pages. Octavo (8 3/4" x 6 1/4") bound in original publisher's beige cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover. From the library of Professor Donald Worcester. First edition.
Born in 1460 into a noble family in León, Spain, Juan Ponce served as a page in the royal court of Aragon. He later became a soldier, fighting in the Spanish campaign against the Moors in Granada. After that war ended, he may have gone along on the second voyage to the West Indies led by Christopher Columbus in 1493. Nearly a decade later, he was serving as a captain in the force commanded by Nicolás de Ovando, Spain’s royal governor of the island of Hispaniola (present-day Haiti and the Dominican Republic). After Ponce de León suppressed an Indian mutiny, Ovando rewarded him with the governorship of the eastern province of Hispaniola.
Donald E. Worcester (1915-2003) was an American historian who specialized in Southwestern United States and Latin American history. He was president of the Western History Association from 1974-1975. Worcester graduated from Bard College in 1939. He received an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1941. He then served in the US Naval Reserve in World War II. He received a PhD. from Berkeley in 1947. From 1947 until 1963 he was a professor at the University of Florida. He then was a professor at Texas Christian University and history department chair. From 1960 until 1965 he was managing editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review. Worcester's view that history is made of complexities, not dualities, is seen as foundational for much of the understanding by later scholars of Southwest United States history.
Worcester's name on front end paper, corners bumped, light edge wear. Jacket corners spine ends and edges chipped, spine sunned else a very good copy.