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In 1598, 22 years before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Don Juan de Oñate led a group of Spanish explorers and missionaries to the banks of die. Rio Grande, near what is today the town of Española, and established a permanent settlement.
In 1998, New Mexico observes its cuatrocentenario. A unique event, no other state in the union can claim such a rich and diverse history. The New Mexico Experience, filled with historic illustrations and contemporary photographs, is a colorful celebration of four centuries. The author, Richard E. Peck, traces the great sweep of development from the Anasazi civilization to today's Land of Enchantment—a compelling and wonderful trip: Along the way, Dr. Peck offers word portraits of the people—famous, infamous and ordinary alike-who have contributed to the mosaic that is modern New Mexico.
Chapters touch all aspects of a tumultuous past, from the pre-Columbian era and the Pueblo peoples to the explorers and missionaries, from the territorial days of outlaws, cowboys and capitalists to the nuclear scientists at Los Alamos and the high technology of Albuquerque's Silicon Mesa. It's a grand adventure, told with spirit and élan.