Review of 'Puritan Conquistadors: Iberianizing the Atlantic, 1550-1700', by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

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Book Review

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Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations

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As suggested by its title, Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra’s new book combines two seemingly separate and asymmetrical narratives: the Iberian conquest of America and the Puritan colonization of New England. Distancing himself from colonial historiography that privileges proto-national and Anglo-centric storylines, the author undertakes instead a pan-American inquiry. Through this comparative framework, he argues that the major maritime powers of early modern Europe envisioned transatlantic expansion through a common spiritual lens


This book review is freely available online on the Symbiosis website at: https://www.symbiosistransatlantic.com/.

© Symbiosis, 2008

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Symbiosis was launched in 1997 to address the artificial divide between literatures in English on either side of the Atlantic, a divide recognized by few creative writers but institutionalized in the modern academic community. The journal is uniquely concerned with studies of transatlantic literary and cultural relations between the British Isles and the Americas. It remains interested in all genres, all theoretical approaches and all periods from the beginnings of both a transnational and Anglophone America to the present.