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Charles Montgomery's compelling narrative strains the historical past of the higher Rio Grande's glossy Spanish background, displaying how Anglos and Hispanos sought to redefine the region's social personality by means of glorifying its Spanish colonial prior. This readable booklet demonstrates that northern New Mexico's twentieth-century Spanish historical past owes as a lot to the arriving 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 sector, Anglos posed an remarkable problem to Hispano wealth and political strength. but in contrast to their opposite numbers in California and Texas, the Anglo newbies couldn't absolutely displace their Spanish-speaking competitors. Nor may possibly they segregate themselves or the higher Rio Grande from the picture, recognized through the Southwest, of the disreputable Mexican. as an alternative, fashionable Anglos and Hispanos stumbled on 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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