Coronado's Land: Essays on Daily Life in Colonial New Mexico by Marc Simmons

By Marc Simmons

Eventually to be had in paperback, the twenty-five essays accrued right here re-create daily actions of the Hispanic humans of colonial northern New Mexico. What humans wore, after they shopped, how they amused themselves those are yet the various general actions thought of here.In reconstructing the day-by-day workouts of family existence and paintings conduct Simmons captures the precariousness of lives threatened through drought, crop failure, Apache raids, and injuries. Simmons's essays allow us to visualize what humans in the past notion and felt, that is a substantial accomplishment. yet he does not cease there: the ultimate part of this quantity deals a glimpse of the historian at paintings. Entitled "Reading History," those essays introduce 3 past due eighteenth-century records and supply readers with a primer in figuring out financial and social difficulties of the previous.

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If you have stayed with me to this point, you've probably learned more about Spanish ink than you ever wanted to know. But to make your knowledge complete, I must add a word about pens. The Spaniards, like most other Europeans, used quill pens. The best ones were made from the tail feathers of geese. Such a pen is not very durable and has to be replaced every day or so. There is a story, though, that author Sir Walter Scott wrote an entire novel with one strong goose quill from the Hudson Bay area of Canada.

The New Mexicans had built a fire there and were warming their hands. As the women approached they took the bread from them and ate it. Then they began loading their guns. Page 50 Panic quickly spread through the village. Women and children began to run as gunfire started at the kiva. Several priests trying to exit by their ladder were shot. The slavers dashed about snatching children and then herding them out of Oraibi. When they had gone, families emerged wailing, knowing their youngsters had been abducted.

Hispanic Arts and Ethnohistory in the Southwest: New Papers Inspired by the Work of E. " Southwest Heritage, Winter 1982-1983 (V. " Historical Society of New Mexico. " New Mexico Historical Review, 1985 (V. 60 No. " Page v For the Paloheimos of el Rancho de las Golondrinas Page vii CONTENTS Preface ix Part One When New Mexicans Dressed in Skins 3 On the Trail of the Footless Stockings 8 Frontier Hairdressing 12 How Colonial Ladies Painted Their Faces 17 An Unmentionable Subject 21 Of Ink and Pens 26 Playing-Cards 31 The Forgotten Dog 36 Before Supermarkets 40 Slave Raiding 47 Apache Exiles 51 The Sabinal Apaches 56 On Guard 61 Enough to Eat 65 Acequias 74 Page viii Carts on the Camino Real 78 Muleteering 85 The Lore of Sheep and Goats 92 New Mexico Ciboleros on the Buffalo Plains 97 Nobility in Mexico 103 Part Two Wills as History 109 Reading History 114 Indian and Mission Affairs in 1773 118 Account of Disorders, 1778 127 Report of Governor Chacón, 1803 162 Selected Readings 173 Index 175 Page ix PREFACE In his charming little book, The Land of Poco Tiempo, author Charles F.

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