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Portal de Archivos Españoles (PARES) and Archivo General de Indias (AGI)

Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila, Ph.D.
The most useful combination of Latin American search tools is a Portal de Archivos Españoles (PARES) search of the Archivo General de Indias (AGI) because of the robustness of the online search engine and the number of digitized records. PARES is the online search catalogue for locating many of the...

Writing Resources for Students

Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila, Ph.D.
Below are some of the best writing resources to help you prepare a well-written essay or response paper. The list is not comprehensive, but these essential items can help you with your most common questions.   How to Read Like a Historian The Analytical Toolkit for History Readers (Adobe PDF)...

Announcing Virtual Plasencia Version 1.0: Come Visit the Spanish Middle Ages!

Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila, Ph.D.
View of the Church of St. Nicholas and "the marketplace" inside Virtual Plasencia Version 1.0   Welcome to Virtual Plasencia: a geovisual re-creation of the medieval city of Plasencia, Spain. Telling the story of the city, especially during the fifteenth century (1400s a.d./c.e.) is particularly important due to the religious...

A Sneak Peek at Virtual Plasencia, Version 1.0. 

In this video, Dr. Martinez-Davila speaks about the completion of the Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts of Medieval Spain Massive Open Online Course, as well as gives users a sneak peak of the Revealing Cooperation and Conflict Project's first digital world -- Virtual Plasencia.

Presentation at the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society 2013

Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila, Ph.D.
Presentation at the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society 2013 Annual Conference Taos, New Mexico 12 October 2013    

The 8th Century c.e./a.d. Siege of Zaragoza –The UCCS Cantigas de Santa Maria Trebuchet

Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila, Ph.D.
About Our Reenacting of the Siege - 27 February 2012 The students of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' HIST 4160 – A Crossroads of Civilizations: Spain and North Africa, as well as members of the Historical Engineering Society (HES), demonstrated an operational medieval trebuchet (a catapult-style device) to...

Rachel Amado Bortnick or how to rescue a Dying Language

Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila, Ph.D.
Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies's board member, Rachel Bortnick, shares her passion and dedication to Ladino with The Jewish Daily FORWARD. Congratulations Rachel! From The Jewish Daily FORWARD By Martin Rosenberg Published January 27, 2013, issue of February 01, 2013. Each year, languages slip into oblivion. Some say Ladino, or Judaismo,...

Celebrating Hanukkah and a Hidden Past

Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila, Ph.D.
By Jude Joffe-Block Friday, December 7, 2012   PHOENIX — Yosef Garcia grew up Catholic in Panama. He was an altar boy in his town’s church. Back then, for him, the winter holidays meant Christmas. “You would start out with midnight mass, there were a lot of rituals,” Garcia said. “As the...

Trans-Atlantic “Hebrew” and Converso Networks: Conquistadors, Churchmen, and Crypto Jews in the Spanish Extremadura and Colonial Spanish America

Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila, Ph.D.
Introduction When Dr. Sabastian de Alarcon, the president, and judges of the Real Audiencia in the Andean city of La Plata received a letter on March 1, 1638, from King Felipe IV, they could not have been surprised by its contents and its claims. Within it, the king noted that...

Doreen Carvajal’s engaging new book: The Forgetting River

Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila, Ph.D.
  Doreen Carvajal, a delightful friend and talented researcher-writer, just published a wonderful new book on the Carvajal family -- The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition. I had the pleasure of meeting Doreen several years ago as she was researching her family and looking into the...