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Professor Emeritus

Research and Teaching Fields: Latin America, the Spanish borderlands, the Caribbean


  • B.A. (cum laude), Florida State University, 1952
  • M.A., University of Florida, 1953
  • Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 1959

UAB Service, 1970-1981

  • 1963-1971: Chair, Department of History (founding chair of department)

Select Publications

  • Gayosso: The Life of a Spanish Governor in the Mississippi Valley. Peter Smith, 1968.
  • Vidal and Zoning in Spanish New Orleans. Louisiana Historical Association, 1973.
  • “Researching the Spanish Borderlands: Alabama,” Latin American Research Review, 1972.
  • “Benjamin Hawkins and US Attempts to Teach Farming to Southeastern Indians,” Agricultural History, 1986.

Select Grants and Fellowships

  • American Philosophical Society, 1961, 1966.
  • Fulbright Senior Research Grant, Spain, 1961, 1962.
  • Director, The Louisiana Collection Series of Books and Documents on Colonial Louisiana, 1965-1990.

Select Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Award of Merit, American Association of State and Local History, 1978
  • Knighted by King Juan Carlos I of Spain (Caballero in the Order of Isabel La Catolica, 1979