"Conquering the Pacific"
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Andrés Reséndez is a historian and author specializing in colonial Latin America, borderlands, and the Iberian world. A native of Mexico City, he studied international relations, briefly went into politics, and served as a consultant for historical soap operas before receiving a Ph.D. in history. He taught at Yale University and the University of Helsinki prior to joining the faculty at the University of California, Davis. His first book, Changing National Identities at the Frontier (2005), explores how Spanish speakers, Native Americans, and Anglo-American settlers living in Texas and New Mexico came to think of themselves as members of one national community or another in the years leading up to the U.S.-Mexico War. His A Land So Strange (2007) looks at North America at the dawn of European colonization through the eyes of the last four survivors of a disastrous expedition to Florida in the 1520s. His The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America (2016), winner of the Bancroft Prize, considers the enslavement of hundreds of thousands of Indians in the Caribbean, Mexico, and the American Southwest between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is currently working on a book about how humans learned to navigate the Pacific Ocean.