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Cuentos del Anton Chico: Anton Chico Stories

Daniel B. Flores

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ISBN 10: 1484842499 / ISBN 13: 9781484842492
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Title: Cuentos del Anton Chico: Anton Chico Stories

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Anton Chico is one of the two oldest communities on the eastern part of New Mexico, the area from the Pecos river to the Texas border. The only community older than Anton Chico is San Miguel del Vado, located on the Pecos river and on the old Santa Fe Trail. The name of that village used the older spelling of "Bado" rather than "Vado." Vado is Spanish for a river ford. The Santa Fe Trail crossed the Pecos river at a ford near the village. Because of its age and its location, Anton Chico has had a very rich past. At various times in history Anton Chico found itself on the brink of becoming a very important community. At one time, in 1853, the United States government was considering the area for a transcontinental railroad. The proposed railroad route was along the 35th parallel. The Whipple Expedition visited Anton Chico as it prepared a survey for the area for the propose railroad route. Unfortunately, the railroad eventually completely bypassed New Mexico in favor a northern route through Colorado and Utah. Though Anton Chico did not get the railroad, it was also considered for a wagon trail to the west. The proposed wagon trail followed a route similar to the railroad route which had been proposed earlier. Another military expedition, the Beale Expedition, visited Anton Chico as it mapped out the wagon trail. The proposed wagon trail also was eventually abandoned by the United States. In the early 1840s Anton Chico found itself on the invasion route of the Texas Santa Fe Expedition which had been organized by the Republic of Texas. The Texas Republic had claimed as its western border all the land east of the Rio Grande. That claim included Anton Chico. However, that portion of New Mexico was occupied by Mexican forces and was claimed by the Republic of Mexico. The invading Texans were overwhelmed by the Mexican forces of Governor Manuel Armijo and were forced to surrender at Anton Chico. The defeated Texans were then taken to Santa Fe before eventually being forced to march to Mexico before they were finally released.

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Daniel B. Flores was born in Puerto de Luna, New Mexico in 1946. He proudly claims to have been born in the same house where Billy the Kid ate his last Christmas dinner in 1880. The house once belonged to his maternal great-grandfather, Alexander Grzelachowski. He attended public schools in Puerto de Luna and Santa Rosa. He received a BA degree from the University of New Mexico in 1969 and an MA degree in Educational Administration from New Mexico Highlands University in 1984. He was employed by the Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools for over forty years, spending the last twenty-five years as an administrator. He retired from the school system in July 2009 after working his last sixteen years as superintendent. He was inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2002. He was named the New Mexico School Superintendent of the Year in 2007 by the New Mexico School Superintendent’s Association.

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