Early Hispanic Colorado,

by Joseph P. Sánchez

268 pp; 6 x 9 paperback (5 illustrations)
ISBN 978-1-943681-00-6 $19.95


274 pages 73 illustrations; 7 x 10
ISBN 978-1-936744-44-2 ($24.95 pb)
978-1-936744-53-4 (ePub)

2016 International Latino Book Awards
Honorable Mention, Best History Book: Early Hispanic Colorado by Joseph Sanchez

Early Hispanic Colorado 1678-1900 adds to our national story, sharing the history of early Hispanics from both Mexico and Spain as well as regional Native American tribes. The early history of Hispanic Colorado recognizes a people who have heroically survived nearly two hundred years of accelerated cultural change, beginning in 1848. It is about a people who successfully learned to navigate the legal systems of Spain, Mexico, and the United States in order to retain their lands and their values. This study places the history of expeditions led by Juan María Antonio Rivera, Franciscan friars Domínguez and Escalante, Governor Juan Bautista de Anza, José María de Arce and early Hispanic New Mexican traders in perspective. Their efforts led to the Hispanic settlement of southern Colorado — a significant chapter in both regional and national history.

Dr. Joseph P. Sánchez retired from the National Park Service in January 2014 after 35 years of service, having also served as superintendent of Petroglyph National Monument (2003-2014). He is also the founder and director of the Spanish Colonial Research Center at the University of New Mexico (1986 to present)and founding editor of the Colonial Latin American Historical Review (CLAHR). Dr. Sánchez has presented papers at professional conferences in the United States, Canada, Sweden, Italy, Spain, and Mexico. Throughout his career, he has researched archives in Spain, Mexico, France, Italy, and England, and has published several studies on the Spanish frontiers in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Alaska. He has directed and conducted research for a number of studies by the United States Congress which resulted in the designation of several historical roads, including “Camino Real de Tierra Adentro” that runs from Mexico City to Santa Fe, designated a National Historic Trail; “Camino de los Tejas” that runs from Saltillo to San Antonio, Texas, designated a National Historic Trail; and “Old Spanish Trail” that runs from Santa Fe to Los Angeles via southern Utah, also designated a National Historic Trail.


Friday, September 11, 2015 — deAnza Conference, Pueblo Museum, Pueblo, CO
Friday, September 18, 2015 — Three Trails Conference, Santa Fe, NM
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:30am-12:30pm — Hispanic Genealogy Research Center mtg, Botts Hall, Albuquerque
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 2-4pm — National Hispanic Cultural Center Domenici Education Center, Albuquerque