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  • Series: Men-at-Arms (Book 475)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849085978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849085977
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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René Chartrand was born in Montreal and educated in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including over 30 Osprey titles. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec, with his wife and two sons.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Lynn on January 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
THE SPANISH ARMY IN NORTH AMERICA, 1700-1793
RENE CHARTRAND
OSPREY PUBLISHING, 2011
QUALITY SOFTCOVER, $17.95, 48 PAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS, CHRONOLOGY, MAPS, BIBLIOGRAPHY, ILLUSTRATIONS

From the first years of the conquest and colonization of the northern territories of the Spanish empire in America, the presidio, with its combination of civilians, soldiers, and Native American villages was the fundamental solution used by Spain for securing its frontiers against hostile Europeans and Native Americans. The presidio supported the Catholic mission villages. What the Spanish crown created was a sequence of advanced military posts manned by garrison companies in charge of their defense. Each post acquired its own characteristics depending on the place in which it was located and the peculiar needs of the local population. Not until well into the 18th Century could one talk of a Spanish regular army operating on Spain's North American frontier.

From the middle of the 16th Century, a series of presidios were strategically situated to allow troops placed where they could organize for defense of the territories situated to the north of the viceroyalty of New Spain. With the passing of time, some garrisons were converted into new villages; meanwhile, others were established in places already populated to help with defense. Initially, garrisons held only six men, but this was expanded in the 18th Century to upwards of 100 soldiers, the bulk of whom were natives of the region. A lack of coordination was constant in these garrisons, especially in the event of an unforeseen attack. They had antiquated equipment, which was poorly distributed; recruiting and the training of troops was difficult; economic resources were scarce and arrived on a irregular basis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Scott on November 25, 2012
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Another excellent Men-at-Arms book. Very good descriptions of the clothing, accessories and weapons of this
Early California segment of the Spanish military.
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I got the feeling that the author made all the first hand material that was available to him. That said there was very little to go on. The first had accounts are few and far between for this subject but perhaps more is waiting to be discovered in the records of the Indies.
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