This anthology focuses on James J. Parsons' work in Latin America and in Spain, with the resulting neglect of his publications on other regions, particularly California. It includes the integration of economy and ecology. .
Part One: The Geographer in Latin America 1. An Independent Field of Inquiry 2. By Way of Preface 3. Geography as Exploration and Discovery 4. Geographical Research in Latin America: The Ecological Dimension Part Two: Colombian Roots 5. The People of Antioquia 6. The Settlement of the Sinu Valley of Colombia 7. Uraba in the Sixteenth Century 8. The Carretera Al Mar: Medellin-Uraba 9. Seventeenth-Century Colonization of San Andres and Providencia and the Caribbean Coast of Central America 10. Medellin Reconsidered Part Three: Transient Colonial Imprints 11. The Topia Road: A Trans-Sierran Trail of Colonial Mexico 12. Realejo: A Forgotten Colonial Port and Shipbuilding Center in Nicaragua 13. Santa Maria La Antigua Del Darien Part Four: Prehistoric Ridged Fields 14. Ancient Ridged Fields of the San Jorge River Floodplain, Colombia 15. Ridged Fields in the Rio Guayas Valley, Ecuador 16. Pre-Columbian Ridged Fields Part Five: The Human Impact 17. The Miskito Pine Savanna of Nicaragua and Honduras 18. Europeanization of the Savanna Lands of Northern South America 19. Forest to Pasture: Development or Destruction? 20. Spread of African Pasture Grasses to the American Tropics 21. The Changing Nature of New World Tropical Forests Since European Colonization 22. The History of The Hawksbill Trade on the Caribbean Coast of Central America 23. The Future of The Edible Green Turtle in an Expanding World Part Six: Spain and the Canaries 24. The Moorish Imprint on the Iberian Peninsula 25. The Acorn-Hog Economy of the OAK Woodlands of Southwestern Spain 26. Starlings For Seville 27. Sand-Bed Agriculture: A Remarkable System for Early Truck Crop Production on the Arid Southeast Coast of Spain 28. The Migration of Canary Islanders to The Americas: An Unbroken Current Since Columbus 29. Drought and Hunger on Fuerteventura 30. Human Influences on the Pine and Laurel Forests of the Canary Islands