Portrayals of Spanish in 19th-century American prose: María Amparo Ruiz de Burton's The Squatter and the Don

  title={Portrayals of Spanish in 19th-century American prose: Mar{\'i}a Amparo Ruiz de Burton's The Squatter and the Don},
  author={Mar{\'i}a Irene Moyna},
  journal={Language and Literature},
  pages={235 - 252}
  • M. I. Moyna
  • Published 1 August 2008
  • Linguistics
  • Language and Literature
This article analyzes the portrayals of Spanish in The Squatter and the Don (1885), a novel written in English by María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, a Baja Californian who immigrated to Alta California at the time of its annexation to the USA in 1848 and became the first Hispanic American woman writer. Her novel had an ideological purpose, namely, to denounce the land dispossession of the Californios — i.e. Hispanic settlers in California during the Spanish-Mexican period — and to propose an alliance… 

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