Charles Montgomery's compelling narrative lines the heritage of the higher Rio Grande's glossy Spanish history, exhibiting how Anglos and Hispanos sought to redefine the region's social personality by means of glorifying its Spanish colonial previous. This readable e-book demonstrates that northern New Mexico's twentieth-century Spanish background owes as a lot to the arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1880 as to the 1st Spanish colonial crusade of 1598. because the railroad introduced capital and migrants into the quarter, Anglos posed an remarkable problem to Hispano wealth and political strength. but not like their opposite numbers in California and Texas, the Anglo newbies couldn't completely displace their Spanish-speaking opponents. Nor may well they segregate themselves or the higher Rio Grande from the picture, recognized during the Southwest, of the disreputable Mexican. as a substitute, admired Anglos and Hispanos came upon universal reason in transcending the region's Mexican personality. Turning to colonial symbols of the conquistador, the Franciscan missionary, and the standard Spanish settler, they recast northern New Mexico and its people.

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