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Maria E. Montoya

Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant And The Conflict Over Land In The American West, 1840-1900

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ISBN: 0700613811
Издательство: University Press of Kansas
Год издания: 2005
Book DescriptionWhen American settlers arrived in the southwestern borderlands, they assumed that the land was unencumbered by property claims. But, as Mar?a Montoya shows, the Southwest was no empty quarter simply waiting to be parceled up. Although Anglo farmers claimed absolute rights under the Homestead Act, their claims were contested by Native Americans who had lived on the land for generations, Mexican magnates like Lucien Maxwell who controlled vast parcels under grants from Mexican governors, and foreign companies who thought they had purchased open land. The result was that the Southwest inevitably became a battleground between land regimes with radically different cultural concepts. The struggle over the Maxwell Land Grant, a 1.7-million-acre tract straddling New Mexico and Colorado, demonstrates how contending parties reinterpreted the meaning of property to uphold their claims to the land. Montoya reveals how those claims, with their deep historical and ...
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