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Encyclopedia of Latin America, 4-Volume Set
  • Format
  • Authored by: Thomas M. Leonard, J. Michael Francis, Monica Rankin and Mark Burkholder
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816073597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7359-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $360.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 980
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 1774


Authoritative yet accessible, the four-volume Encyclopedia of Latin America covers the history and culture of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean from early settlements to the present day. Each volume focuses on a specific time period in the area's development. The first volume explores prehistory through the achievements of the Incas in the 16th century, and the second volume covers the arrival of the Spanish, colonization, and independence movements until the 1820s. Volume III examines Latin America's search for its own identity from the middle of the 19th century to the start of the 20th, and the fourth volume focuses on Latin America as it asserts itself in international politics, experiences the effects of globalization, and becomes an influential area worldwide, from the 20th century through the present day.

Volumes offer in-depth, heavily cross-referenced A-to-Z entries, drawing readers into the histories of ancient civilizations, colonization, celebrated independence leaders, national and regional political debates, and the daily lives and achievements of the many peoples who have occupied the area. Each volume begins with an introduction to the time period, followed by a detailed chronology. A collection of primary source documents at the end of each volume gives a firsthand account of the major developments of the era. A glossary, bibliography, and index in each volume, a cumulative index in Volume IV, and 250 black-and-white images and maps round out this attractive and reliable resource on Latin America.

Entries include:

Volume I: Amerindians through Foreign Colonization (Prehistory to 1560)

  • Amazon women
  • Clovis culture
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Copán
  • Dyes and dyewoods
  • Huayna Cápac
  • Maize
  • Maya
  • Pirates and piracy
  • Pulque
  • Treaty of Tordesillas
  • Zapotecs.

Volume II: From Colonies to Independent Nations (1550s to 1820s)

  • Acapulco
  • Simón Bolívar
  • Cattle
  • Creole
  • Fleets/fleet system
  • Independence of Spanish South America
  • War of Jenkins' Ear
  • Juntas
  • Pueblo Revolt
  • José de San Martín
  • Veracruz.

Volume III: Search for National Identity (1820s to 1900)

  • Accessory Transit Company
  • Acre Province
  • Brazilian Anti-Slavery Society
  • Caudillo
  • Centralism
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Haiti Constitution of 1805
  • Porfirio Díaz
  • Junta de Información
  • Modernism
  • Old Republic
  • Texas Revolution.

Volume IV: The Age of Globalization (1900 to the Present)

  • Acción Comunal
  • Vere Cornwall Bird
  • Cuban missile crisis
  • Vicente Fox
  • Mafia in Cuba
  • National Liberation Movement
  • Operation Uphold Democracy
  • Pan-American Highway
  • Radio and TV Martí
  • Student movement in Mexico.

Cross-volume entries include:

  • Agriculture
  • Argentina
  • Art
  • Belize
  • Bogotá
  • Brazil
  • Catholic Church
  • Economy
  • Family
  • Literature
  • Migration
  • Military
  • Music
  • Puerto Rico
  • Trade.


Black-and-white photographs. Maps. Indexes. Bibliographies. Glossary. Cross-references. In four volumes.

About the Author(s)

General editor Thomas M. Leonard, Ph.D., is distinguished university professor and director of the International Studies Program at the University of North Florida. Leonard received a bachelor's degree from Mt. St. Mary's University, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. from American University. Among Leonard's publications are The United States and Central America; Panama, the Canal and the United States; and Latin America During World War II. He also edited The Seventies and The Forties in Facts On File's Day by Day series.

J. Michael Francis, Ph.D., associate professor of Latin American history at the University of North Florida, earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge. He serves as book review editor for the journal Ethnohistory and has published several books on Latin American history, including Invading Colombia and Politics, Murder, and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida.

Mark A. Burkholder, Ph.D., is professor of history at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He received an M.A. from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in history from Duke University. He is the coauthor of the award-winning textbook Colonial Latin America, Sixth Edition; author of Politics of a Colonial Career: José Baquíjano and the Audiencia of Lima; and coauthor of From Impotence to Authority: The Spanish Crown and the American Audiencias, 1687–1808, among other books and articles.

Monica A. Rankin, Ph.D., is assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas. She received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and is the author of ¡México, la patria! Modernity, National Unity, and Propaganda during World War II. Rankin is director of the University of Arizona's summer program in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Reviews and Awards

"...a fine encyclopedia with much to recommend it...Larger public libraries serving AP high-school classes will want to consider this, as will academic libraries serving institutions that offer survey courses in Latin American history."


"...an excellent starting point...a welcome addition to academic, school, and public libraries, and is highly recommended for inclusion in any serious research collection."

American Reference Books Annual

"...clear and concise entries...An excellent resource for high school libraries and academic libraries at institutions specializing in history and Latin American culture, as well as large public libraries serving audiences with an interest in this area."

Library Journal

"...more affordable and ultimately more concise than the [competition]...Highly recommended."


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