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Page 13 In 1598, the Spanish moved into what is now New Mexico, not only as explorers but as settlers and missionaries. Although native peoples had been disrupted when the Spanish first explored the area some sixty years before, the arrival of Juan de Oñate and his followers signaled the first permanent infusion of European civilization north of Mexico. After more than eighty years of religious and political persecution, a confederation of Pueblos revolted against the Spanish in 1680. Part of what the Mexicans called the Great Northern Uprising, the Pueblo revolt was the only successful Native American rebellion in the history of New Spain, or, for that matter, the North American continent.
Studying in the great reading rooms of Zimmerman Library, with their details and spaces similar to those of New Mexican adobe churches, gave me the feeling that learning was serious business, perhaps even a religious duty. UNM, with its aesthetic attachment to New Mexico, opened my eyes to Albuquerque's essential nature. Although its urban form had disturbing similarities to that of the car culture of Los Angeles, with its endless asphalt, smog, and commercial graffiti, Albuquerque seemed fundamentally different to me, even as a teenager.
It is not necessarily one of the shiny new financial touchstones of the American West. The city cannot escape its New Mexican context. " Because of Albuquerque's similar status as a ''developing" city, it has always been ripe for exploitation and colonization, but it's also been tough on fast movers and shakers. It resists change, breaks confidence, and then suddenly leaps ahead. 10 If John Naisbitt missed New Mexico, it should be no surprise either that mainstream East Coast architectural writer Robert A.
A city at the end of the world by Vincent Barrett Price