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Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict over Land in the American West, 1840-1900

Maria Montoya

Abstract

Although Mexico lost its northern territories to the United States in 1848, battles over property rights and ownership have remained intense. This turbulent, vividly narrated story of the Maxwell Land Grant, a single tract of 1.7 million acres in northeastern New Mexico, shows how contending groups reinterpret the meaning of property to uphold their conflicting claims to land. The Southwest has been and continues to be the scene of a collision between land regimes with radically different cultural conceptions of the land's purpose. This book introduces Jicarilla Apaches, whose identity is root ... More

Keywords: American West, Maxwell Land Grant, property rights, ownership, New Mexico, Jicarilla Apaches, land regimes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520227446
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520227446.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Montoya, author