Human habitation in Colorado's San Luis Valley stretches back
to distant times. Ancient peoples lived there thousands of years
ago, as did the Utes, who claim the valley has been theirs forever.
Others, both native peoples and Europeans, knew the valley-Don Juan
de Oñate claimed the valley for King Phillip II of Spain in 1598.
Consequently, the San Luis Valley has many stories, told in many
In this sparkling new edition of The San Luis Valley: Land
of the Six-Armed Cross, Virginia McConnell Simmons lays before
the reader the stories and voices of this multicultural land.
Ranging from prehistoric peoples and historic Indians to early
Spanish settlers, trappers, American explorers, railroads, and
Euro-American pioneers, this book is a comprehensive volume
covering the geography and social history of Colorado's San Luis
New to the second edition is additional material on Hispanic
culture (in particular a description of their fiber arts) and a
lengthy appendix cataloging and describing all of the San Luis
Valley's Hispanic place names. In addition, the notes and
bibliography have been expanded, and the book contains a new
introduction by David Fridtjof Halaas, Chief Historian of the
Colorado Historical Society. Acclaimed as the standard history for
the south-central region of Colorado, The San Luis Valley: Land
of the Six-Armed Cross is a book for students, scholars, and
others interested in the history of this fascinating and culturally
rich corner of the state.
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