Congressional Edition Volume 6480

Congressional Edition Volume 6480

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...because of insufficient moisture to support a large population, points to the probability that within comparatively recent times the whole region has experienced great desiccation. It was a matter of almost universal comment among early as well as more recent explorers in the Southwest that the population was formerly much greater than now, and numerous traditions concerning the decrease in rainfall are reported. Loew 1 says: All the Spanish records, though sometimes very untrustworthy, agree in one point--the large number of inhabited towns. If the statements of the Spanish writers are founded on truth, the number of these towns was ten times that of the present pueblos, or Indian towns, while, by a close examination, we arrive at a number about four times as great. Some Spanish writers estimated the whole pueblo population at about 50,000; others, however, that of a single province at 25,000. As a proof of Spanish exaggeration, however, I may mention Castaneda's description of Acoma, a town which, according to his estimate, was inhabited by 5,000 persons, and was built in three parallel rows of houses. Now, I have visited this town and found the three rows of houses still existing.... But these rows of houses, which could never have been any longer, could not have held more than about 1,000 people. At present the population of the town is 800. Still it is an undeniable fact that New Mexico had a much greater Indian population formerly than now--a fact clear to anyone on viewing the numerous ruins.... Upon asking my Indianguide whether the former inhabitants of this town near Jemez were obliged to descend the steep and dangerous pathway every day to the creek to procure water, he replied that there were cisterns on the mesa, in which...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236872878
  • 9781236872876