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The Spanish Redemption: Heritage, Power, and Loss on New Mexico's Upper Rio Grande

Charles Montgomery


This compelling narrative traces the history of the upper Rio Grande's modern Spanish heritage, showing how Anglos and Hispanos sought to redefine the region's social character by glorifying its Spanish colonial past. This book demonstrates that northern New Mexico's twentieth-century Spanish heritage owes as much to the coming of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1880 as to the first Spanish colonial campaign of 1598. As the railroad brought capital and migrants into the region, Anglos posed an unprecedented challenge to Hispano wealth and political power. Yet unlike their counterparts in California a ... More

Keywords: New Mexico, Rio Grande, Anglos, Hispanos, Spanish heritage, Sante Fe Railroad, Mexican, conquistador, Franciscan missionary, Spanish settler

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520229716
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520229716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Montgomery, author