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New Mexico: A History

By Joseph P. Sanchez & Arthur R. Gomez

Arthur R Gomez Joseph P Sanchez Robert L Spude
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New Mexico: A History
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Since the earliest days of Spanish exploration and settlement, New Mexico has been known for lying off the beaten track. But this new history reminds readers that the world has been beating paths to New Mexico for hundreds of years, via the Camino Real, the Santa Fe Trail, several railroads, Route 66, the interstate highway system, and now the Internet.

This first complete history of New Mexico in more than thirty years begins with the prehistoric cultures of the earliest inhabitants. The authors then trace the state’s growth from the arrival of Spanish explorers and colonizers in the sixteenth century to the centennial of statehood in 2012. Most historians have made the territory’s admission to the Union in 1912 as the starting point for the state’s modernization. As this book shows, however, the transformation from frontier province to modern state began with World War II. The technological advancements of the Atomic Era, spawned during wartime, propelled New Mexico to the forefront of scientific research and pointed it toward the twenty-first century.

The authors discuss the state’s historical and cultural geography, the economics of mining and ranching, irrigation’s crucial role in agriculture, and the impact of Native political activism and tribe-owned gambling casinos. New Mexico: A History will be a vital source for anyone seeking to understand the complex interactions of the indigenous inhabitants, Spanish settlers, immigrants, and their descendants who have created New Mexico and who shape its future.

Offbeat New Mexico: Places of Unexpected History, Art, and Culture

By Neala McCarten

Neala McCarten
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Offbeat New Mexico: Places of Unexpected History, Art, and Culture
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  • Offbeat New Mexico Places of Unexpected History Art and Culture
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"Offbeat New Mexico" guides you through the people, places and events that have shaped the state often referred to as the "Land of Enchantment." The art and architecture that helped shape New Mexico may have started with petroglyphs, kivas and ancient cities but it's also alive and well in street art on the current walls of Albuquerque as well as the half-mile of sophisticated gallery art in Santa Fe known as Canyon Road. "Offbeat New Mexico" was written for the independent traveler who doesn't want to follow the paths most taken by tourists but instead wants to explore what made New Mexico, well, New Mexico. We won’t tell you where to eat or sleep but we will tell you about the United States' "Mother Road" (better known as Route 66,) the Navajo Long Walk and why the little town known as Hot Springs changed its name to Truth or Consequences. Our 200 pages introduce you to over 100 villages, towns, and cities from the major destinations of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos to the smaller but unique communities of Tesuque, Madrid, and White Oaks...not to mention Cold Beer, New Mexico. Special Focus sections highlight the unique and the unusual; learn the origins of the delightful Storytellers for sale in our shops, the real history of outlaw Billy the Kid and the story behind the UFO controversy that rocked the rural town of Roswell and fascinated the whole world. "No matter how long you have lived in New Mexico or how many times you've visited the state, "Offbeat New Mexico" includes fascinating insider information about the Land of Enchantment that will surprise even the most experienced traveler." John W. Byram, The University of New Mexico Press Neala McCarten is an Albuquerque-based writer with a passion for travel that offers art, culture and history with a twist.

New Mexico: An Interpretive History

By Marc Simmons

Brand: University of New Mexico Press
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New Mexico: An Interpretive History
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For all who love New Mexico, and for those who aspire to know the state, this book is a graceful and compelling summary of what has made the Land of Enchantment its distinctive self. Originally published in 1977 to commemorate the bicentennial of American Independence, New Mexico is now available for the first time in a quality paperback edition with a new introduction by the author.

In writing this book, Marc Simmons sets out to arrive at an understanding of the state’s character. His is an interpretive, sensitive, individual—even personal—account. He shows that across the centuries the collision and mingling of cultures dominates New Mexico’s history. Out of this complex interplay of human and natural forces he selects his examples of Pueblo life ways, Spanish domination, and Anglo control to make immediate and memorable the state’s rich history.

Telling New Mexico: A New History

Marta Weigle Frances Levine Lo
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This extensive volume presents New Mexico history from its prehistoric beginnings to the present in essays and articles by fifty prominent historians and scholars representing various disciplines including history, anthropology, Native American studies, and Chicano studies. Contributors include Rick Hendricks, John L. Kessell, Peter Iverson, Rina Swentzell, Sylvia Rodriguez, William deBuys, Robert J. Tórrez, Malcolm Ebright, Herman Agoyo, and Paula Gunn Allen, among many others.

Hidden History of Spanish New Mexico

By Ray John de Aragón

The History Press
Released: 2012-09-25
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New Mexico's Spanish legacy has informed the cultural traditions of one of the last states to join the union for more than four hundred years, or before the alluring capital of Santa Fe was founded in 1610. The fame the region gained from artist Georgia O'Keefe, writers Lew Wallace and D.H. Lawrence and pistolero Billy the Kid has made New Mexico an international tourist destination. But the Spanish annals also have enriched the Land of Enchantment with the factual stories of a superhero knight, the greatest queen in history, a saintly gent whose coffin periodically rises from the depths of the earth and a mysterious ancient map. Join author Ray John de Aragón as he reveals hidden treasure full of suspense and intrigue.

The Spell of New Mexico

University of New Mexico Press
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The Spell of New Mexico
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A rich gathering of essays that evoke the unique and mysterious appeal New Mexico has had for some of the twentieth century’s best-known writers. Included are selections by Mary Austin, Oliver La Farge, Conrad Richter, D.H. Lawrence, C.G. Jung, Winfield Townley Scott, John DeWitt McKee, Ernie Pyle, Harvey Fergusson, and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman’s preface and introduction are choice specimens of his incisive humor and his own deep love of the state.

“Should be required reading for all those who call themselves New Mexican.”—James Arnholz

Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period

By Fray Angélico Chávez

Chavez, Angelico
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Origins of New Mexico Families: A Genealogy of the Spanish Colonial Period
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This book is considered to be the starting place for anyone having family history ties to New Mexico, and for those interested in the history of New Mexico. Well before Jamestown and the Pilgrims, New Mexico was settled continuously beginning in 1598 by Spaniards whose descendants still make up a major portion of the population of New Mexico.

The Conquest of New Spain (Penguin Classics)

By Bernal Diaz Del Castillo

Bernal Diaz del Castillo
Released: 1963-08-30
Paperback (412 pages)

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Vivid, powerful and absorbing, this is a first-person account of one of the most startling military episodes in history: the overthrow of Montezuma's doomed Aztec Empire by the ruthless Hernan Cortes and his band of adventurers. Bernal Díaz del Castillo, himself a soldier under Cortes, presents a fascinatingly detailed description of the Spanish landing in Mexico in 1520 and their amazement at the city, the exploitation of the natives for gold and other treasures, the expulsion and flight of the Spaniards, their regrouping and eventual capture of the Aztec capital.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

New Mexico: A History of Four Centuries

By Warren A. Beck

Warren A Beck
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New Mexico: A History of Four Centuries
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The history of New Mexico is the story of three contrasting cultures—Indian, Spanish, and Anglo-American—clashing, coexisting, and blending. Here the Indians of Hawikuh—the first Zuñi pueblo encountered by Coronado’s soldiers—gave battle to the Europeans in 1540. Here also Indians last took a stand against federal troops in 1913. A rich and colorful Spanish tradition, including institutions of family and church, social organizations, and the Spanish language, continues strong a century and a half after the acquisition of the territory by the United States. Anglo-Americans have also made their mark upon the land with public works, highways, and rapidly developing towns and cities.

This history of New Mexico is intended for readers who want a brief, yet comprehensive treatment of the state’s development. Warren A. Beck takes a balanced approach to all the themes in the state’s varied history. He allows the whole story to emerge from the facts—in a concise and readable format.

New Mexico: A Photographic Tribute

By John Annerino

Globe Pequot Press
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New Mexico: A Photographic Tribute
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Celebrating the colorful legacy of New Mexico's first 100 years of statehood, NEW MEXICO, A Photographic Tribute is a stunning celebration of the state's scenic wonders. Luminous color photographs feature the magnificent landscapes, timeless vistas, majestic landmarks, and cultural icons the Land of Enchanment is known for worldwide. John Annerino casts an artist's, adventurer's, and scholar's perspective on renowned international destinations he knows intimately. He weaves the New Mexico's natural history, legends, and storied human history into an evocative introductory essay. Quotes from the records of early travelers, writers, and photographers--whose own journeys defined their character as much as their prose, poetry, and images later defined our modern perceptions of New Mexico's extraordinary Western landscape--also shape this tribute to a magnificent place in the American landscape.

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