Between Two Rivers: The Atrisco Land Grant in Albuquerque History, 1692-1968

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2008 - History - 235 pages

How an Hispano community maintained its identity over four centuries

Located in Albuquerque’s south valley, Atrisco is a vibrant community that predates the city, harking back to a land grant awarded in 1692. Joseph P. Sánchez explores the evolution of this parcel over the four centuries since the first Spanish settlers arrived. He tracks its transformation from an individual to a community grant, peeling away the layers of historical events that have made Atrisco the last piece of undeveloped real estate in a growing metropolitan area.

Sánchez examines the creation of Atrisco as a frontier community during the Spanish and Mexican periods and shows how it maintained its identity and land ownership into the American era. He describes the historical processes of colonization, land tenures and transfers, and social and economic activity. He also assesses the transfer of the land grant to a private corporation and its subsequent fate, and considers Atrisco’s role in the future of Albuquerque.

Today more than 30,000 New Mexicans are descended from the early settlers of Atrisco; and because few places in the United States have retained their Spanish and Mexican influences as have the New Mexican land grants, the history of Atrisco offers a unique perspective. Sánchez’s study preserves Atrisco’s origins as part of that area’s Hispano heritage, depicting people who learned to defend their culture against outside challenges and embedding local history in a larger regional saga.



The Valle de Atlixco 15401681
The Durán y Chaves Claim to Atrisco
Atrisco and the Villa de Alburquerque
Betwixt Private Ownership
The Case
Atrisco and the Río Puerco Grants
Atrisco in the Late Spanish Period
New Mexico
Hispanics and the Courts 18491900
The Last Will of Jesús Armijo y Jaramillo
Land Grants

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About the author (2008)

Joseph P. Sanchez is Director of the Spanish Colonial Research Center at the University of New Mexico. He retired from the National Park Service in 2014. He is the author of Camino Real de California: From Ancient Pathways to Modern Byways.

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