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Hispanic Albuquerque, 1706-1846

Marc Simmons

In anticipation of the tricentennial of Albuquerque's founding in 2006, Hispanic Albuquerque presents an engaging, narrative history of the city from 1706 to 1846, its era as a Hispanic community. Written by the foremost historian of colonial and nineteenth-century New Mexico, this book is an abridgment of his award-winning Albuquerque: A Narrative History, first published in 1982 and long unavailable.

Here is history to fascinate and inform. In re-examining the founding of the city, Simmons shows how contemporary land and water rights issues are tied to the original document creating the town. His account of commercial activities and relations with Native Americans is a reminder of the complexity of daily life in the colonial period.


Marc Simmons is considered New Mexico's historian laureate and has published over forty books on New Mexico history. Simmons is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 1993 the King of Spain granted him membership in the knightly Order of Isabela la Catílica for his contributions to Spanish colonial history. He resides in Cerrillos, New Mexico.


"Rich in detail, comprehensive, and handsomely readable. . . . Must reading for all who consider themselves at home in this city."



"A delight to read. . . . chock full of amazing anecdotes, little known facts and carefully crafted portraits. . . . All readers will love the book. The research is superb, and the documentation thorough."


New Mexico Independent

" Hispanic Albuquerque offers an important glimpse into a world that existed under the same sky and beside the same river that cuts through bustling Albuquerque today -- a world that in almost every way is unlike what has replaced it."


The Santa Fe New Mexican

"Simmons's book is timely and offers a quick, readable history for a popular audience. This book is recommended for anyone interested in the Spanish colonial and Mexican period history of the Greater Southwest."


Colonial Latin American Historical Review

6 x 8 in. 176 pages 11 halftones, 3 maps