Colonial Peru, the Caste System, and the “Purity” of Blood

David GaughranBackground, Historical Fiction, History, Latin America5 Comments

It was the Spaniards who gave the world the notion that an aristocrat’s blood is not red but blue. The Spanish nobility started taking shape around the ninth century in classic military fashion, occupying land as warriors on horseback. They were to continue the process for more than five hundred years, clawing back sections of the peninsula from its Moorish … Read More

The Banana Wars

David GaughranBackground, Books, Historical Fiction, History, Latin America0 Comments

This post first appeared on the Historical Fiction E-books blog. Events in Latin America have always hit the headlines in the US but its history isn’t particularly well known. Even when a figure grips the national consciousness for an extended period, they are subsequently forgotten. Lee Christmas was a star of the Sunday supplements from the start of the 20th century … Read More