Amerikanuak: Basques In The New World (Basque (Paperback)) by William A. Douglass

By William A. Douglass

An obtainable review of the Basque diaspora within the Western Hemisphere, this booklet is either a pioneering examine of 1 of the yankee West's most crucial ethnic minorities and a fascinating, complete survey of Basque migration and payment within the Americas. This version contains a clean preface via William A Douglass.

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In 407 Germanic tribes-the Suevians, Alans, and Vandals-crossed the Rhine, traversed Gaul, and reached the Pyrenees. Here they were delayed for two years by a combined Basque-Roman effort. 30The Germanic tribes passed through the Basque area without attempting to control it and used the upper valley of the Ebro to enter the Castilian ~nesetcz. Under continued pressure from the Goths (a Germanic tribe that was threatening the Italian peninsula itself), the Romans relinquished control of Iberia and southern France.

At ~ ' no time is there evidence of Basque participation in Gothic ruling circles. restricted to the battlefield. The relationship between the Basques and the Franks was of a different order. While it might be marred by periodic fighting, it was also profoundly influenced by the existence of the dukedom of Vasconia, through which a number of Basque warlords were drawn into the Frankish political sphere. In this fashion Basque leaders were both influenced by and exerted a certain influence upon developments in the wider world of the Franks.

28 AMERIKANUAK On the other hand, the poem of Venantius Fortunatus does indicate that relations between Franks and Basques were not always amicable. By the middle of the sixth century the Basques were situated between two powerful forces, the Franks to the north and the Goths to the south, both of which considered themselves heirs to the Roman Empire and hence having political sovereignty over the Basques. That neither was successful in establishing such control is due both to Basque militancy and to the fact that the Franks and Goths continued to fight one another.

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