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,
Photographs. Illustrations. Maps. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.
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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