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Albuquerque : a narrative history

Author: Marc Simmons
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [1982] ©1982
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Here at last is a book that thoroughly chronicles the city's distinctive mix of landscape, climate, architecture, cultural tradition, and history. Through an engaging text and striking illustrations, Simmons presents the major events and personalities in Albuquerque's past. Albuquerque traces the history of the city from ancient times to the present. The account begins with an overview of the geology and geography  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Simmons, Marc.
Albuquerque.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, ©1982
(OCoLC)631913462
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Simmons
ISBN: 0826306276 9780826306272
OCLC Number: 8552786
Description: xvi, 443 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: The geography behind history --
The latecomers : Indians and Spaniards --
The bosque becomes a village --
Years of struggle --
The winds of change --
New masters, new ways --
The tug of war --
"Clarion notes on progress" --
Growing pains --
Desperadoes and disasters --
The finer things --
Trumpeting the city --
Politics and prejudice intrude --
Reaching for the future.
Responsibility: by Marc Simmons.

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Here at last is a book that thoroughly chronicles the city's distinctive mix of landscape, climate, architecture, cultural tradition, and history. Through an engaging text and striking illustrations, Simmons presents the major events and personalities in Albuquerque's past. Albuquerque traces the history of the city from ancient times to the present. The account begins with an overview of the geology and geography of the Middle Rio Grande Valley and then describes the successive waves of settlement by Indians, Spaniards, and post-1846 immigrants. Since its founding in 1706, the city has faced conflict, turmoil, and natural disasters that have challenged but not impeded its steady civic progress. In a compelling blend of the dramatic and the ordinary, Simmons brings to life the characters and incidents that have shaped Albuquerque, capturing for the modern reader what its people have thought, felt, and done throughout the generations. Albuquerque is the product of three centuries of continuous settlement, yet it is one of the West's new boom towns, owing to an eightfold increase in population since 1945 and its location in the mineral-rich Southwest. Thus this book has significance as more than a model of study of a city's growth. By placing Albuquerque in historical and cultural context, it gives residents a valuable perspective on their heritage that will help shape their response to contemporary and future challenges -- Book jacket.

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