‘Legacy of Conquest’: a military fort on the Camino Real

Barracks, Fort Selton, Radium Springs, New Mexico / CLAIRE O’BRIEN 2012

  PREVIEW:    A great historian, Patricia Limerick, characterized the political culture of the American West in particular, and the United States in general, as a “legacy of conquest”. All the issues, from passionate to pragmatic, that informed the conquest of the West are, she wrote ” back on the streets and looking for trouble’. *

Tune into Electrica in the Desert tomorrow for a great look at a crumbling 140 – year-old adobe military fort built by African-American soldiers and the Latino people recruited and/or drafted to help them do it. The Colored Regiments were recently enslaved Civil War heros, termed ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ by the Apache peoples they had been sent to subdue.

So, be here tomorrow – or we’ll come looking for you.

* Limerick, Patricia.  Legacy of Conquest

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