La Familia de Córdoba

by Joseph Anthony Márquez

The people who came to New Mexico during the European expansion made a permenant mark on the language and the cultural diversity which is unique to that area. This diversity is due to the contributions made, not only by the Latin Spaniards and the Indian tribes living in New Mexico during that time period, but also by the Arab Moriscos, Sephardic Jews, and Gypsies who were among the early colonists.

The history of New Mexico is as significant to the Hispanos, as the history of New England is to the Anglos. Sad to say, that many times in the past only a few of our history books have mentioned anything of significance about the first three hundred years of New Mexico's history. It is as if a seed were planted about the time of the Mexican Amercian War, because much of the history taught to us comes from this time period, but, in reality the seed was planted much sooner.

The history taught us emphasizes the settlement of Jamestown in 1607 but rarely mentions the Spanish settlement of St. Augustine, Florida in 1565 and, in most cases. completely ingores the fact that the Spanish had established a permanent colony in New Mexico as early as 1598. If our histories are to present the full picture of the United States, not only should they include a significant account of the Spanish exploration and colonization of California, Texas, and Arizona, but of New Mexico and the Spanish settlements "East and West of the Sangre de Cristos."

Although this book, at first glance, appears to be a genealogical study of the Córdoba family and nearly 40 of the related families, it is also an attempt to show how the Spanish culture, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, influenced the lives of the people of New Mexico and those who settled in Colorado, with particular interest in the San Luis Valley.

ISBN: 0-9628974-1-8

Published by El Escritorio
Price: $24.95 plus tax and shipping
174 pages, soft-cover