We wish to express our gratitude and appreciation to the Rockefeller Foundation for its support of the Recovering the U. S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. We also extend our heartfelt thanks to Nicolás Kanellos, Director of Arte Público Press, who conceived the idea of the project and to Teresa Marrero, Project Coordinator. We particularly wish to thank William J. Lohman, Jr., for his expert assistance with military, naval and wildlife terminology; Kathryn Van Spanckeren for her helpful suggestions; Donald Morrill for his careful reading of the entire manuscript; and Ruth Cash for her invaluable technical assistance--all four were most generous with their time. We also recognize the contributions of Tony Iacono and Pedro Hernández to our work.
In addition to thanking those whose contributions to this work have already been described, we are quite grateful for the generous support of the Faculty Development Committee of the University of Tampa.
Finally our thanks go to our families for their patience and understanding.