The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog

28 July 2012

August 18, 2012 NMGS Program

Botts Hall
Albuquerque Special Collection Librar
423 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM
(On the corner of Central and Edith)

 Saturday, August 18, 2012
10:30 AM – Noon

The Albuquerque Special Collections Library


The New Mexico Genealogical Society


David Snow

Settling New Mexico’s Colonial Landscape

Juan de OƱate's colonists put in place a settlement strategy that reflected European preferences for consuming beef, mutton, and wheat bread.  Expansion of the "Hispano Homeland" of northern New Mexico resulted in the formation (and abandonment) of some 450 plazas and placitas within and adjacent to this region between 1700 and the latter half of the 19th century, as individuals and families pushed the frontier's envelope in search of grass for livestock and irrigable lands necessary for the production of wheat.

David is an historical archaeologist, former staff archaeologist at Museum of NM Lab of Anthropology and former history curator at Palace of the Governors.  He has written numerous articles and books pertaining to New Mexico sites & personalities including, New Mexico’s First Colonists & History and Archaeology of San Felipe Church.

For more information about our programs, check out the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s website at

This program is free and open to the public.

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