New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards, History/New Mexico (Finalist)

Since the earliest days of Spanish exploration and settlement, New Mexico has been known for lying off the beaten track. But this new history reminds readers that the world has been beating paths to New Mexico for hundreds of years, via the Camino Real, the Santa Fe Trail, several railroads, Route 66, the interstate highway system, and now the Internet.

This first complete history of New Mexico in more than thirty years begins with the prehistoric cultures of the earliest inhabitants. The authors then trace the state’s growth from the arrival of Spanish explorers and colonizers in the sixteenth century to the centennial of statehood in 2012. Most historians have made the territory’s admission to the Union in 1912 as the starting point for the state’s modernization. As this book shows, however, the transformation from frontier province to modern state began with World War II. The technological advancements of the Atomic Era, spawned during wartime, propelled New Mexico to the forefront of scientific research and pointed it toward the twenty-first century.

The authors discuss the state’s historical and cultural geography, the economics of mining and ranching, irrigation’s crucial role in agriculture, and the impact of Native political activism and tribe-owned gambling casinos. New Mexico: A History will be a vital source for anyone seeking to understand the complex interactions of the indigenous inhabitants, Spanish settlers, immigrants, and their descendants who have created New Mexico and who shape its future.

About The Author
Joseph P. Sanchez is Superintendent of Petroglyph National Monument, National Park Service, and Director of the Intermountain Spanish Colonial Research Center at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Between Two Rivers: The Atrisco Land Grant in Albuquerque History, 1692–1968.
Robert L. Spude, a retired National Park Service Regional Historian (Santa Fe), has published articles and books on the history of the Southwest.
Art Gomez is a retired National Park Service Supervisory Historian living in Santa Fe and is co-author of New Mexico: Images of a Land and Its People and Forests under Fire: A Century of Ecosystem Mismanagement.

Reviews & Praise
“In New Mexico: A History, authors Sánchez, Spude, and Gómez have skillfully assembled a comprehensive narrative of one of our nation’s most engaging states. This wide-sweeping overview provides an informative, concise, and up-to-date survey of New Mexico's turbulent past.”—Marc Simmons, author of The Last Conquistador: Juan de Oñate and the Settling of the Far Southwest

“A new standard sourcebook and chronology of New Mexico events of the past 500 years.”—True West

Book Information
18 b&w illus., 5 maps
384 Pages
Paperback 978-0-8061-4663-8
Hardcover 978-0-8061-4256-2
Kindle 978-0-8061-5114-4
e-pub 978-0-8061-5115-1
Published September 2013