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September 2017 Vol. 55 No. 1

University Press of Colorado

The following review appeared in the September 2017 issue of CHOICE. The review is for your internal use only. Please review our Permission and Reprints Guidelines or email

Social & Behavioral Sciences
History, Geography & Area Studies - North America

New Mexico and the Pimería Alta: the colonial period in the American Southwest, ed. by John G. Douglass and William M. Graves. University Press of Colorado, 2017. 428p bibl index ISBN 9781607325734, $85.00; ISBN 9781607325741 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Since the 1992 Columbian Quincentenary, there remains sustained interest for examining the multidimensional implications of settler society colonialism among Native American societies. Originally a 2012 symposium, this book focuses on two major regions of the American Southwest: the New Mexico Colony and Pimería Alta, which experienced the most intensive and sustained Spanish colonial encounters. The volume is divided into three sections. After an introductory chapter, which sets the geographical and theoretical stage, part 1 focuses on the New Mexico Colony. The eight chapters explore a wide array of topics, ranging from economics to issues of ethnogenesis and identity formation. Part 2 details the colonial encounters in the Pimería Alta. The four essays address Native American population dynamics, military settlements, ranching economies, and Indigenous responses to colonialism. The final two chapters in part 3 discuss and comment on the contributed chapters by comparing the colonial encounters in the American Southwest with the authors' research on Alta California and La Florida, offering a valuable comparative perspective. As a collective, the articles provide an understanding of divergent colonial processes, setting a foundation for further synthesis and critique of the Spanish borderlands.

--G. R. Campbell, The University of Montana

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.