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Known as the "Land of Enchantment," New Mexico is a living witness to the rise and fall of Native American, Spanish, and Anglo civilizations. This concise volume vividly reconstructs key events in New Mexico's history, including the arrival of the Paleo-Indians, Spanish exploration and colonization, the Mexican-American War and subsequent territorial period, as well as New Mexico's early statehood and the post-World War II era. Today, New Mexico continues to inspire visitors and artists who come to pay tribute to...
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Overview

Known as the "Land of Enchantment," New Mexico is a living witness to the rise and fall of Native American, Spanish, and Anglo civilizations. This concise volume vividly reconstructs key events in New Mexico's history, including the arrival of the Paleo-Indians, Spanish exploration and colonization, the Mexican-American War and subsequent territorial period, as well as New Mexico's early statehood and the post-World War II era. Today, New Mexico continues to inspire visitors and artists who come to pay tribute to the state's magnificent natural beauty and cultural heritage.

With more than 50 illustrations, photographs, and maps, New Mexico: An Illustrated History provides a comprehensive historical overview that reveals the heart and soul of this fascinating southwestern state.

About the Author:
Patrick Lavin is a graduate of California State University, Northridge, and is retired from a career with the federal government. He currently makes his home in Tucson, Arizona

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
Land of Enchantment     9
Geographical Dimensions     10
Topographical Features     10
Life Zones     11
Rivers     14
State Capital     14
Demographics     15
Pre-European Peoples     17
Mogollon Culture     19
Anasazi Culture     20
Hohokam Culture     22
Pueblo Culture     26
Athabaskan Language Family     29
Navajo     35
Apache     37
Comanche     38
The Spaniards Arrive     39
Spain's Expansion into the New World     39
Cabeza de Vaca's Adventures in Search of Cibola     40
Fray de Niza's Expedition in Search of Cibola     42
Vasquez de Coronado's Expedition in Search of Cibola     45
Discovering the Grand Canyon     48
Exploring the Rio Grande and Pueblo Indians     50
Quivira: Coronado's Final Treasure Hunt     51
Nueva Mexico     52
Early Spanish Colonization Efforts     53
First Colonizing Expedition of Nueva Mexico     55
NativesBattle Spaniards at Acoma     60
Mass Desertion of San Gabriel Colonists     61
Colony Converted to Custodia and Juan de Onate Removed     62
Rise and Fall of the Great Missionary Era     65
Don Pedro de Peralta: The First Royal Governor     66
The Great Missionary Era     67
Conflict between Church and State     71
Land Grants: Also a Source of Discord     74
Holy Office of the Inquisition     75
The Gathering Storm     75
Fall of the Spanish Kingdom     77
Spaniards Evacuate Santa Fe     78
Reconquest of New Mexico     81
Spaniards Return to New Mexico     84
Post-Reconquest Era     86
The Missions     88
Establishing Frontier Communities     89
Nomadic Indian Threats and Retaliatory Campaigns     90
French Encroachment     93
Presidial Realignments     94
From Spanish Province to Part of the United States     97
Revolution and Independence     98
Zebulon Pike Expedition     100
Anglo-American Mountain Men     105
Revolt of 1837     107
Texan Expedition into New Mexico      110
The United States Takes Control     113
Invasion of New Mexico     114
Taos Rebellion against the U.S. Military     120
New Mexico Designated a U.S. Territory     121
Boundary Disputes and Adjustments     122
Gadsden Purchase of 1853     124
Breaking New Ground: Territorial Years     129
Exploring New Markets: Jewish Merchant and Trader     133
Gathering Clouds of Civil War     136
Confederates Invade New Mexico     138
Confederates Routed     139
New Mexico Partitioned     140
Indian Wars and Relocation of Indians to Reservations     143
Navajo Campaign     143
Bosque Rodondo     147
Apache Menace     147
Roundup of Apaches     152
Conquest of Apacheria     155
Growth and Progress in the Territorial Years     157
Economic History     158
Cattle Barons     160
Mining Industry     165
Industry and Transportation     167
Territorial Politics     172
Religion     174
Lawlessness and Lawmen     177
General Lawlessness     178
Lincoln County War     181
War's End     188
Pursuit and Capture of Billy the Kid     189
Reaching for the Forty-seventh Star     191
Path to Statehood     192
Circumstances of the Elkins Handshake     194
Role of the National Press     195
Quest Continues     196
Attempt to Join New Mexico and Arizona     198
Final Stretch     199
Beyond Statehood     203
Early Statehood Years     204
Invasion of New Mexico     205
Politics and Political Leaders since Statehood     206
Depression Era     215
World War II and Economic Recovery     216
Postwar Progress     219
Things Cultural     220
Chronology of New Mexico History     227
Glossary     233
Bibliography     235
Index     241
About the Author     253
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