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Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation #17: Properties of Violence: Law and Land-Grant Struggle in Northern New Mexico


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Through a compelling story about the conflict over a notorious Mexican-period land grant in northern New Mexico, David Correia examines how law and property are constituted through violence and social struggle.

Spain and Mexico populated what is today New Mexico through large common property land grants to sheepherders and agriculturalists. After the U.S.-Mexican War the area saw rampant land speculation and dubious property adjudication. Nearly all of the huge land grants scattered throughout New Mexico were rejected by U.S. courts or acquired by land speculators. Of all the land grant conflicts in New Mexico's history, the struggle for the Tierra Amarilla land grant, the focus of Correia's story, is one of the most sensational, with numerous nineteenth-century speculators ranking among the state's political and economic elite and a remarkable pattern of resistance to land loss by heirs in the twentieth century.

Correia narrates a long and largely unknown history of property conflict in Tierra Amarilla characterized by nearly constant violence—night riding and fence cutting, pitched gun battles, and tanks rumbling along the rutted dirt roads of northern New Mexico. The legal geography he constructs is one that includes a surprising and remarkable cast of characters: millionaire sheep barons, Spanish anarchists, hooded Klansmen, Puerto Rican terrorists, and undercover FBI agents. By placing property and law at the center of his study, Properties of Violence provocatively suggests that violence is not the opposite of property but rather is essential to its operation.

About the Author

David Correia is an assistant professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is editor of La Jicarita: An Online Magazine of Environmental Politics in New Mexico.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi


Property and the Legal Geographies of Violence in Northern New Mexico 1


Yellow Earth 15

Chapter 1

Colonizing the Lands of War 28

Chapter 2

“Under the Malign Influence of Land- Stealing Experts” 47

Chapter 3

The Night Riders of Tierra Amarilla 69

Chapter 4

An Unquiet Title 84

Chapter 5

The New Mexico Land Grant War 120

Chapter 6

Terrorists and Tourists in Tierra Amarilla 146


Rare Earth 167

Notes 181

Bibliography 207

Index 215

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Correia, David
University of Georgia Press
Human Geography
Business; Real Estate
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Trade Paper
Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation
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14 bandw photos, 4 maps
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Sociology » Violence in Society

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