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An Illustrated History of New Mexico

Thomas E. Chávez

Originally published in 1992 and available now only from UNM Press, An Illustrated History of New Mexico combines more than two hundred photographs and a concise history to create an engaging, panoramic view of New Mexico's fascinating past. For thousands of years various cultures have filtered into New Mexico, and each has adapted to the land. New Mexico has become a cosmopolitan society of many nationalities and ethnicities, all influenced by those who came before, and all part of a distinctive New Mexican culture that thrives today.


Thomas E. Chávez is the former director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, and the former curator and director of the Palace of the Governors, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe.


"Probably no other volume exists that better suggests the breadth of visual resources depicting New Mexico's history."


Western Historical Quarterly

"This is history as it should be presented, unfiltered and unvarnished, tapping directly into the original sources, without a lot of embellishment. . . . It invites readers to share in the excitement of history in the making."


New Mexico Magazine

"This is a wonderful book. . . . The book is more than an illustrated history of the Land of Enchantment. It's a book full of quotable historical quotes."


La Herencia

"This concise history combines more than 200 photographs to create a panoramic view of New Mexico's fascinating past."


Hispanic Outlook

"An absolute must for anyone with an interest in the expansive panorama of our past."


Crosswinds Weekly, Albuquerque

"The book is factual and readable and fills a noticeable void in regional scholarship. Chávez provides an enjoyable, no-nonsense illustrated history that teachers, students, scholars, and history devotees will embrace for years to come."


CRM Journal

8 x 10 in. 272 pages 215 halftones, 3 maps