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Doña Tules: Santa Fe's Courtesan and Gambler

Cook, Mary J. Straw

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ISBN 10: 0826343139 / ISBN 13: 9780826343130
Published by University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM, 2007
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Hardcover, [xiv], 173 pages. Fine condition in a Fine dust jacket. First edition, first printing, signed by author on the title page. Size 9.25"x6.25". "The fascinating life of the famous Madam and monte dealer who became one of Santa Fe's powerful figures in the 1830s and 1840s is an entertaining read, and Cook's historical context and careful research flesh out a lively chapter of local history." Includes b&w illustrations, notes, bibliography, and index. Book and dust jacket are clean and unmarked; enclosed in mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # 007737

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Title: Doņa Tules: Santa Fe's Courtesan and Gambler

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Gertrudis Barceló, New Mexico's celebrated gambler and demimonde of the 1830s and 1840s, was born at the turn of the nineteenth century in the Bavispe valley of east central Sonora, Mexico. Young Gertrudis, who would later achieve fame under the name "Tules," discovered how to manipulate men, reading their body language and analyzing their gambling habits.

This power, coupled with a strong-willed and enterprising nature, led Doña Tules to her legendary role as a shrewd and notorious gambling queen and astute businesswoman. Her monte dealings and entertainment houses became legendary throughout the southern Rocky Mountain region. Her assistance to U.S. Army officers during the Mexican War brought her additional fame.

Doña Tules's daring behavior attracted the attention and condemnation of many puritanical Anglo travelers along the Santa Fe Trail. Demonized by later historians, Doña Tules has predominately been portrayed as little more than a caricature of an Old West madam and cardsharp, eluding serious historical study until now. Mary Cook sifts through the notoriety to illustrate the significant role Doña Tules played in New Mexico history at a time when the Spanish and Mexican eras were ending and the American era was about to begin.

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Cook takes a new look at this notorious woman of 1840s Santa Fe.

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