PAUL E. HOFFMAN. The Spanish Crown and the Defense of the Caribbean, 1535-1585: Precedent, Patrimonialism, and Royal Parsimony. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1980. Pp. xiv, 312. $30.00.
The Spanish Crown and the Defense of the Caribbean is the first book written by Paul E. Hoffman, current professor of History at Louisiana State University. Hoffman specializes in the history of colonial Latin America and the American southeast, especially the frontiers of Florida, prior to the year 1821. In this particular work, Hoffman relies upon his in-depth sleuthing of primary sources related to royal defense spending—taken mostly from the General Archives of the Indies (AGI) in Seville—to tell the story of the Spanish crown’s efforts to defend its holdings in the Indies against mostly French and English corsairs between the years 1535 and 1585. Continue reading “Review of The Spanish Crown and the Defense of the Caribbean by Paul Hoffman”