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Hispanic Albuquerque, 1706-1846by Marc Simmons
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In anticipation of the tricentennial of Albuquerque's founding in 2006, Hispanic Albuquerque presents an engaging, narrative history of the city from 1706 to 1846, its era as a Hispanic community. Written by the foremost historian of colonial and nineteenth-century New Mexico, this book is an abridgment of his award-winning Albuquerque: A Narrative History, first published in 1982 and long unavailable.
Here is history to fascinate and inform. In re-examining the founding of the city, Simmons shows how contemporary land and water rights issues are tied to the original document creating the town. His account of commercial activities and relations with Native Americans is a reminder of the complexity of daily life in the colonial period.
Book News Annotation:
Simmons, who has written widely on the history of New Mexico, has abridged his 1982 (also U. of New Mexico Press) to create this shorter, approachable history. The history chronicles the founding of Albuquerque in 1706 by the Spaniards and continues through 1846, when Mexico ceased to govern New Mexico. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An engaging narrative history of Albuquerque from the Spanish Colonial period to 1846. Written by the foremost historian of colonial and nineteenth-century New Mexico, Marc Simmons brings to life the story of Hispanic Albuquerqueans, showing how they reacted to the challenges of survival on the frontier.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-157) and index.
About the Author
Marc Simmons is considered New Mexico's historian laureate and has published over forty books on New Mexico history. Simmons is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 1993 the King of Spain granted him membership in the knightly Order of Isabela la Católica for his contributions to Spanish colonial history. He resides in Cerrillos, New Mexico.
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