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Land Grants and Lawsuits in Northern New Mexico presents a comprehensive and clear account of clashing legal systems. Considered the definitive book on New Mexico land grants, it is often used as a text in southwestern studies courses.
This edition includes a new introduction by Malcolm Ebright and stunning new cover art by Glen Strock. Contained within are eight case studies of specific land grants, together with background material on the making of Spanish and Mexican land grants and their adjudication by the United States. Ebright draws on his wide experience as a historian and attorney to examine the history of New Mexico's land grants from their antecedents in Spain and Mexico down to present-day land and water lawsuits. With detail illuminated by historical context, Ebright narrates specific cases involving fraud, forgery, and injustice, as well as courageous acts by land grant communities.
|Introduction: Land Grants and Lawsuits in Northern New Mexico||3|
|1||Land Grants and the Law: Spain, Mexico, and New Mexico||11|
|2||Lawsuits, Litigants, and Custom in Hispanic New Mexico||57|
|3||Manuel Martinez's Ditch Dispute: Mexican-Period Custom and Justice||73|
|4||The Cienega of Santa Fe: A Municipal Commons Used and Abused||87|
|5||The San Joaquin Grant: Who Owned the Common Lands?||105|
|6||The Embudo Grant: A Case Study of Justice and the Court of Private Land Claims||127|
|7||The Las Trampas Grant: A Story of Duplicity and Legal Traps||145|
|8||Settlement of the Las Vegas Grant and the Invisible Pueblo Rights Doctrine||171|
|9||"Not a Pepper, Not an Onion": The Battle for the Las Vegas Grant||203|
|10||The Ramon Vigil Grant: An Undetected Forgery||225|
|11||The Jacona Grant: A Success Story||249|
|12||Conclusion: Common Lands, Common Law, and Uncommon Controversy||263|