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First Impressions: A Reader's Journey to Iconic Places of the American Southwest

First Impressions: A Reader's Journey to Iconic Places of the American Southwest

by David J. Weber, William deBuys


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This unique guide for literate travelers in the American Southwest tells the story of fifteen iconic sites across Arizona, New Mexico, southern Utah, and southern Colorado through the eyes of the explorers, missionaries, and travelers who were the first non-natives to describe them. Noted borderlands historians David J. Weber and William deBuys lead readers through centuries of political, cultural, and ecological change.
The sites visited in this volume range from popular destinations within the National Park System—including Carlsbad Caverns, the Grand Canyon, and Mesa Verde—to the Spanish colonial towns of Santa Fe and Taos and the living Indian communities of Acoma, Zuni, and Taos. Lovers of the Southwest, residents and visitors alike, will delight in the authors’ skillful evocation of the region’s sweeping landscapes, its rich Hispanic and Indian heritage, and the sense of discovery that so enchanted its early explorers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300215045
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Series: The Lamar Series in Western History
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David J. Weber (1940–2010) was founding director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. William deBuys’s numerous books include River of Traps, a Pulitzer Prize nonfiction finalist. He lives in northern New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 Ácoma 12

2 Canyon de Chelly 30

3 Carlsbad Caverns 50

4 Casa Grande 66

5 Chaco Canyon 79

8 El Morro/Inscription Rock 96

7 Grand Canyon 110

8 Mesa Verde 136

9 The Mohave Villages 158

10 Rainbow Bridge 176

11 Santa Fe 194

12 San Xavier del Bac 214

13 Taos Valley 228

14 Tucson 245

15 Zuni 259

Notes 279

Bibliography 307

Index 327

Credits 339

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