The history of any state is largely determined by the lives and actions of its residents and particularly its leading citizens. This book presents a sampling of Hispanic men and women whose influences on New Mexico events and history transcended the moment and became lasting contributions to the American Southwest.
Lynn I. Perrigo, an authority on New Mexico history, was given the Gaspar Perez de Villagra Award in 1984 by the Historical Society of New Mexico. Dr. Perrigo graduated from Ball State University and the University of Colorado. During World War II he was the director the the Midwest Inter-American Center in Kansas City and from 1947-1971, he was head of the Department of History and Social Sciences at New Mexico Highlands University. He is the author of over forty articles and six books on the American Southwest.