Landscapes of Fraud creates a powerful narrative around the author’s central theme: the commoditization of land and the betrayal of community through speculation and displacement of the indigenous, Hispanic, and Anglo-American farmers, miners, hunter-gatherers, and homesteaders who had worked the land over multiple generations. Sheri-dan traces the persistence of community through the O’odham (pima) villagers and desert bands; the Spanish and Mexican ranchers, peasants, and mine prospectors; and the initial Anglo-American settlers, who created palimpsests of intertwining landscapes in the Upper Santa Cruz valley of southern Arizona. Their longevity extended for millennia; their presence within the historical record lasted over three centuries from the initial Spanish mission entradas of the late 1600s to the mid-twentieth century. Sheridan’s story centers on the ways in which these persistent communities were shattered by successive waves of speculative claims to railroad rights-of-way, mines, and real estate developments that gained legal protection, often through fraudulent...
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Book Review| February 01 2010
Landscapes of Fraud: Mission Tumacácori, the Baca Float, and the Betrayal of the O’odham
Landscapes of Fraud: Mission Tumacácori, the Baca Float, and the Betrayal of the O’odham. By Sheridan, Thomas E..
University of Arizona Press,
304pp. , $19.95.
Hispanic American Historical Review (2010) 90 (1): 184–185.
Cynthia Radding; Landscapes of Fraud: Mission Tumacácori, the Baca Float, and the Betrayal of the O’odham. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 February 2010; 90 (1): 184–185. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-2009-117
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