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Translating PropertyThe Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict over Land in the American West, 1840-1900$
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Maria Montoya

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520227446

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520227446.001.0001

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Prejudice, Confrontation, and Resistance Taking Control of the Grant

Prejudice, Confrontation, and Resistance Taking Control of the Grant

(p.121) 4 Prejudice, Confrontation, and Resistance Taking Control of the Grant
Translating Property

MaríA E. Montoya

University of California Press

The dawn of the 1870s brought an end to the Colfax Country troubles, a patent from Congress, and the sale of the company to a new set of directors. However, the decade of the 1880s brought a little relief to the beleaguered company or the weary settlers. The Maxwell Land Grant Company's owners had spent most of the 1870s using their influence to fix problems external to the grant itself. They had influenced congressmen, federally appointed officials, and financiers in an effort to secure clear rights to the property they believed rightfully belonged solely to them. Yet they had never managed to make real profits on the enterprise. In 1880, the Dutch investors took control of the company, hoping to bring themselves financial solvency. The company's managers, particularly Harry Whigham, the company's new receiver and assistant secretary, believed they would finally make a profit on their New Mexico enterprise.

Keywords:   Colfax Country, settlers, financiers, Harry Whigham, New Mexico

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