By Richard L. Nostrand
El Cerrito, New Mexico captures the essence of a village that, regardless of cultural disintegration, sparks the fervour of a small variety of population who are looking to hold it alive. Richard L. Nostrand opens a window into the earlier of the higher Pecos Valley, revealing the lifestyle of this small, remoted Hispanic village whose inhabitants waxes and wanes within the face of family members feuds, payment struggles, and the ever-encroaching glossy world.
Nostrand identifies the demanding situations dealing with 8 generations of households. using basic resources from govt, census, and church files, in addition to from burials, home records, and interviews with sixty Cerriteños, Nostrand info village existence from its founding in 1824 to the hole years of the twenty-first century. the writer weaves old proof with actual facts from soil analyses, topology, and geology to provide an explanation for how the land itself formed existence in El Cerrito.
Previous group reviews have pinpointed a selected time to evaluate kinship and social association, yet El Cerrito, New Mexico examines swap over centuries to bare a extra whole photo of societal evolution. Lavishly illustrated with pictures and maps, El Cerrito, New Mexico explores how one village has preserved group traditions for greater than a century.
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1 792 Cerrito Garcia, Jos6 J u l i a n Garcia, Jose R o m a n Maria Casilda Urioste Maria Antonia DurAn 11 M a r t i n e z a [Martin], Jose P a b l o [Francisco] Santa Fe Maria Antonia Teresa Carcia Albu area Rodriguez, J u a n l g n a c i o Maria Luisa "Luz" Tenorio Santa Fe Rodriguez, Jose Maria Concepci6n Carcia Santa Fe Saiz, Jos6 A l e j a n d r o Maria Cregoria Carcia Santa Fe Albu area Salas, J u a n Santa Fe? Sancheza, Jose S e v e r i a n o Maria Cuadalupe Blea Maria Antonia Mares Santa Fe Santa Fe?
Finally there was Julian, about whom little is known with certainty beyond his birth in Albuquerque in 1801. Jose Julian Garcia and two contemporaries named Julihn Garcia lived in the jurisdiction of San Miguel del Vado, and because clergy seldom gave full names in church records, the three are easily confused. 13 Three or four women of the same Garcia family also received land in El Cerrito, yet in a society dominated by men, authorities made their husbands the grantees. The eldest, Maria Antonia Teresa Garcia, married Jose Pablo (also Francisco) Martin (also Martinez), a Santa Fean at least twenty years her senior.
But Pueblos may have found living in the El Cerrito Valley itself too d a n g e r ~ u s . ~ ~ Thus it would seem that the first Spanish colonists at El Cerrito entered a valley full of stone artifacts but empty of Native Americans. Lorenzo Mhrquez and his land grant generation made it possible for El Cerrito, the last of the San Miguel del Vado Grant villages downstream, to be settled in this valley. As we shall see, however, during much of the time Mhrquez and his generation lived in the Pecos Valley, the first colonists at El Cerrito still resided in Santa Fe and the Albuquerque area.