A Brief Urban History: Santa Fe, NM

Wellge et al. Bird’s eye view of the city of Santa Fé, N.M. 1882. https://www.loc.gov/item/75694742

[Essay originally written for CRP 1100, “The American City” at Cornell University, taught by Professor Richard Booth, September 2018.]

In August 1846, General Stephen W. Kearny led his Army of the West into the city of Santa Fe to claim New Mexico for the United States. What followed can hardly be described as a battle. Governor Manuel Armijo, perhaps through an American bribe or perhaps through sheer…