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1958

Theath's Modern Language Series

THE SPANISH AMERICAN

READER

BY

ERNESTO NELSON

FORMER PROFESSOR IN THE UNIVERSITY OF LA PLATA
AND DIRECTOR GENERAL OF SECONDARY AND NOR-
MAL INSTRUCTION IN THE ARGENTINE REPUBLIC

WITH FULL NOTES AND VOCABULARY

D. C. HEATH AND COMPANY
BOSTON NEW YORK CHICAGO

PUBLIC LIBRARY
882575

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS
R

1919

COPYRIGHT, 1916, BY

D. C. HEATH & COMPANY

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AUTHOR'S FOREWORD

As an educational commissioner from the Argentine Republic to the Panama Pacific International Exposition, I was very much gratified to note the constantly increasing interest on the part of the High Schools and Colleges of this country in the study of the Spanish language. At the same time, realizing from personal investigation that most of those who study Spanish are prompted to do so by the present widespread interest in Spanish America as a legitimate and profitable field for American enterprise, I could not help wondering whether the reading matter used in connection with the study of this language should not be enlarged so as to include some discussion of the subjects directly connected with the work for which these students were preparing themselves.

One of the most amazing things in this country to the visiting Latin American is the almost absolute lack of anything like adequate information as to what the Spanish American countries are doing in the present, or what they have achieved in the past. This lack of information is particularly noticeable in the high-school texts upon History and Geography — not to mention those on the less common subjects of social and political economy -- and is most

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