Spanish and Mexican Land Grants

John & Christine Van Ness


Spanish and Mexican Land grants in New Mexico and Colorado by John R. and Christine M. Van Ness. Sunflower University, 1980. Articles about the Las Vegas, Embudo, Anton Chico, and Juan Bautista Valdez grants. Articles about common lands in Spain, New Mexico ejido lands, California ranchos, Pueblo Indian land litigation, the Mora grant, Mexican land law, Hispanic law books, and more. 119 pp.

Eleven land grant scholars contribute a wide-ranging group of essays to this lively and profusely illustrated book covering the Las Vegas, Embudo, Anton Chico, and Juan Bautista Valdez grants. Original drawings, historic photographs and maps, as well as reproductions of 200 year-old documents, all help to make the fascinating subject of land grants understandable.

The following is a complete list of the articles:

John R. Van Ness – Introduction
Clark S. Knowlton – The Town of Las Vegas Community Land Grant: An Anglo-American Coup d-…tat
Marianne L. Stoller – Grants of Desperation, Lands of Speculation: Mexican Period Land Grants in Colorado
Frances Leon Quintana & David H. Snow – Historical Archeology of the Rito Colorado Valley, New Mexico
Janet S. Lecompte – Manuel Armijo and the Americans
G. Emlen Hall – Giant Before the Surveyor-General: The Land Career of Donaciano Vigil
Malcolm Ebright – The Embudo Grant: A Case Study of Justice and the Court of Private Land Claims
Michael J. Rock – Anton Chico and Its Patent
Morris F. Taylor – The Leitensdorfer Claim in the Vigil and St. Vrain Grant
William Wroth – Hispanic Southwestern Craft and the Taylor Museum Collection
John R. Van Ness – The Juan Bautista Valdez Grant: Was It A Community Land Grant?

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