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The Story of a Spanish-American Family
By Thomas E. Chávez

A New Mexico historian’s history of New Mexico focused on the creative non-fiction account of one family, the Romeros.


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Based on extensive research as well as on a career working for cultural institutions, historian Thomas E. Chávez has created a historical novel about the American southwest, specifically in New Mexico and Arizona, a place where Europeans settled in 1598. Here is a historical narrative about one of those families. The story begins and ends with Edward Romero who became the United States ambassador to Spain and is prototypical of the thousands of young men and some women who sought a new life in the new world and became American. These were people taking risks, accepting fate, succeeding, failing, loving, and hating. The Romero story is an American odyssey shared by any number of families in a region and whose cultural legacy is part of the heritage of the United States that only recently has come to the fore in the United States’ national consciousness. This story delineates a part of the heritage of every American and enriches an already beautiful history. A bibliographic essay, maps, and genealogical charts will assist the reader to differentiate places, names, and generations.

Thomas E. Chávez, a historian with a PhD from the University of New Mexico, was director of the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico for twenty-one years and, for three years, executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has received awards from the City of Santa Fe and organizations such as the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Fundación Xavier Salas in Spain, the University of New Mexico Alumni Association, and King Felipe VI of Spain. Currently a consultant, he is the author of ten previous books, including Sunstone Press’s Chasing History: Quixotic Quests for Artifacts, Art, and Heritage and at the time of the publication of this book is working on a catalogue of all the documents pertinent to Benjamin Franklin that exist in the archives of Spain.

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