FootpathTeacher InformationCitations

“Settlement and Homesteading in East-Central New Mexico”

Footpath by William Penner

Introduction
New Mexico’s population grew during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as families moved into new areas and people came to homestead from other places in the United States. Construction of railroads on the plains helped spur settlement and a boom in farming that ended only a few decades later due to drought and changing economic conditions.

We learn about past events from 1) oral stories, passed down from person to person; 2) primary sources, historical documents like letters; and 3) secondary sources, such as newspapers and maps.

This lesson features four oral stories with different perspectives and one secondary source document, a newspaper.

  Slideshow

View imagery related to settlement and homesteading in east-central New Mexico.

  Selections

Read one or all of the selections related to settlement and homesteading in east-central New Mexico.

  Questions

Answer question(s).

  Related Material