This is an American history book written from the Spanish perspective. The author, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ, David Arias, amply demonstrates the historical fact that no nation has left more of a mark in the United States than Spain. Beginning in 1499 with Vincente Pinzon, an explorer of America’s eastern shores, the bishop’s history takes the reader on a fascinating voyage of discovery through five centuries of Spanish exploration, colonization, and evangelization. SPANISH ROOTS also provides the reader with a wealth of information regarding Hispanic cultivation of fine arts, science, medicine and statesmanship north of the Rio Grande. Paper.