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CORRECTION: Anglos, Hispanics and the Formation of America

A JOURNEY THROUGH VIOLENCE, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, EXPLOITATION AND OCCUPATION.

“El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America”

By Carrie Gibson

560 pages. Atlantic Monthly Press. $30.

One hundred years before the arrival of the Pilgrims, Mexicans were already here. (With typical dark humor they used to say that when God ordered Fiat lux!, Hispanics were late with the bill for the electric company.) was 10 years old when his father, a Mexican diplomat in Washington, took him to see a film that included the secession of Texas from Mexico; the boy stood up in the dark and cried, “Viva Mexico!” It was a sense journeyed to the South, following in Faulkner’s footsteps. In his own Faulknerian accounts of too many years of solitude he adds that the Americans, with the excuse of eradicating yellow fever, stayed in the Caribbean far too long. Fuentes was once forbidden to disembark from a ship in Puerto Rico, and García Márquez was asked to strip naked at customs.

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