Conflict and Accommodation in Colonial New Mexico is a module in Oxford University Press’s new series, Debating American History. This series embraces an argument-based model for teaching history and encourages students to participate in a contested, evidence-based discourse about the human past.  The series rejects the idea of history as an undisputed narrative and instead presents the past as understood through the direct engagement  with historical evidence.  This book asks a question that historians debate—How completely did the Spanish empire extend its control into the northern Rio Grande region in the 17th century?—and provides  abundant primary sources so that students can make their own efforts at interpreting the evidence. They can then use that analysis to construct answers to the key question and argue in support of their position. Through this process, students develop the dispositions and habits of mind that are central to the discipline of history.

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