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Land Grants & Lawsuits in Northern New Mexico
Malcolm Ebright

Paper, 380 pages
UNM Press, 1994
$20.00 (Sale price through Center for Land Grand Studies Press)

Potential text studies courses. Numerous original drawings, document reproductions, and maps.


Malcolm Ebright draws on his wide experience as a historian and attorney to examine the history of New Mexico's land grants from their antecedents in Spain and Mexico down to present-day land and water lawsuits. Ebright narrates specific cases involving fraud, forgery, and injustice, as well as courageous acts by land grant communities. LAND GRANTS AND LAWSUITS IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO presents a comprehensive and clear account of clashing legal systems.

From the unkept promises of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to the legal machinations of Santa Fe Ring attorneys, Ebright documents a pattern of land loss and inequities that remain major issues in current lawsuits. Through his examination of the role of custom in Hispanic law, the unique history of Northern New Mexico, and the failure of the United States courts to recognize common land ownership, Ebright helps general readers understand the complex problems facing northern New Mexico's traditional communities. He discusses the San Joaquin, Embudo, Las Trampas, Las Vegas, Ramon Vigil, and Jacona grants, among others, and relates them to the background of New Mexico history.

"Essential for anyone wishing to understand the historical and legal strata underlying land and water disputes still raging today across the landscape of northern New Mexico. This book is scholarship at its best, which is to say that justice is served at last." -- Stanley Crawford, author of Mayordomo.

About the Author:

Malcolm Ebright is a lawyer and historian living in Guadalupita, New Mexico where he directs the Center for Land Grant Studies. He has been studying land grant history and working with traditional communities in northern New Mexico for 25 years. Ebright has written numerous books and articles on the history of New Mexico land grants. In addition, he maintains an active legal practice concentrating on land and water litigation. According to William deBuys, author of River of Traps and Enchantment and Exploitation, "Malcolm Ebright, quite simply, is the finest land grants scholar we've ever had."

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