Chapter

Contested Boundaries

MaríA E. Montoya

in Translating Property

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520227446
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926486 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520227446.003.0002
Contested Boundaries

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The Jicarilla Apaches were to set foot on what would become known as the Maxwell Land Grant; people told stories, and boundary markers were rooted in the particular culture of the group inhabiting the land. The Jicarillas, in particular, marked their territory by the natural boundaries of the four rivers that surrounded their homeland. Consecutively, the Spanish explorers gave natural features (rivers, mountains, springs) Spanish Catholic labels to mark their possession. The Mexican government, through its grantees Carlos Beaubien and Guadalupe Miranda, used maps and seasons to mark the land grant that they and their contemporaries knew as the Beaubien/Miranda Land Grant. Past histories of the Maxwell Land Grant have naturally focused on the traditional American Western narrative of Anglo male-dominated violence. But these physical and most obvious manifestations of conflict have overshadowed the real underlying tension present on the grant since earliest occupation: the contest over land and property rights.

Keywords: Jicarillas; Spanish; Guadalupe Miranda; Mexican government; land grant

Chapter.  10639 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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