From 1778 to 1783, thousands of Canary Islanders-Isleños-Crossed the Atlantic to settle in the foreign marshers of the New World. Louisiana is perhaps best known for its distinctive French heritage, a legacy visible in the street names and architecture around the state. But in the 1700s, Louisiana fell under Spanish control. Coaxed by promises of new opportunity, thousands of Canary Islanders of Spanish descent relocated to Louisiana, where the established four settlements. Generations of Isleños have overcome the challenges of an evolving American society, as well as the devastation of storms that have ripped through their land. Through it all, the Isleños have preserved their unique heritage, traditions and culture for more than two centuries. This is their history. Book jacket.