Wicked Taos

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The people of Taos have always displayed a feisty--if not downright insurgent--spirit. Every uprising that toppled a New Mexican government started here, beginning with the Pueblo revolt against the Spanish colonists and including the assassinations of a Mexican-era tax governor, who lost his head, and the first American governor, who lost his scalp before his life. Living on the edge of the northern frontier of New Spain, Taosenos became accomplished smugglers of slaves, firearms and other black market goods. As a convenient terminus of the Old Sante Fe Trail, Taos drew loitering rabble-rousers who were overly fond of the dangerous hooch called Taos Lightning. In the twentieth century, a sleepy artists' colony became a haven for a new kind of revolutionary, who dreamed of overthrowing bourgeois values. Join author Ellen Dornan as she delves into the wicked history of Taos, New Mexico.
ISBN: 9781626193079
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Mexico
Series: Wicked
Images: 75
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Ellen Dornan loves learning about the rich heritage of the American West, particularly the scoundrels, misfits and visionaries who make history so interesting. In commemoration of New Mexico's centennial of statehood, Ms. Dornan wrote "Forgotten Tales of New Mexico" and as a cultural resources interpreter specializing in new media, she developed the the online Centennial Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps (atlas.nmhum.org).
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