Santa Fe Passage

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Macmillan, Nov 12, 2004 - Fiction - 323 pages
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Santa Fe, in the early 1800s, was a part of Mexico, and the city's landed gentry, the haciendados, had developed an appetite for the good life. Matthew Collins, an entrepreneurial American, sees opportunity there. He bankrolls a wagon train filled with fine goods from St. Louis and, with a partner, succeeds in transporting everything, despite storms and fierce bands of Comanches, across the Great American Desert to a ready market in Santa Fe.

Soon, Matt and his partner become prosperous and respected men. Matt profits from the trapping and selling of hundreds of beaver skins just before the London market for them collapses. Welcomed into the home of Moses Mendoza, one of the leading haciendados, Matt eventually marries Moses's daughter Celestina.

By the mid-1840s, war looms between the United States and Mexico. Matt is called to Washington by President Polk. The urgent matter: how to arrange the turnover of New Mexico and Santa Fe to the United States without causing great bloodshed. Matt develops a plan...

Mixing a fascinating and exciting cast of characters with the adventure and uncertainty of the times, Santa Fe Passage is a remarkable story full of rich detail and vivid imagery of life in then Mexico in the early nineteenth century.

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Santa Fe Passage a look at NM History

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Santa Fe Passage is not a western even though it is set in NM in the 1800s. It is not a romance even though there is a romance in the story. Mr. Bauman has taken a slice of history and woven it into a ... Read full review

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notes fro review page 62 brady was standing naked as th eindians closed in......... he had a hardon the comanches filled whis body with arrows from every direction... brady crunpled and indian pulled his knife from its sheath... he made a deft slice across brady's forehead an slong both sides of his head andf ove r the ears to thre back of his neck... the indian put his foot on brady's ear and snarthcged off a hadful of hair... he waved the blonde scalp in the air, and crudhed brady's skull with his own rifle,,, then he sliced off lopped off brady;s still ahrd memeber and threw it at the wagons... page 64... brady had a doze arrows in him... flies crawled over his scalpless skull... the whitman stares at the vacancy where brady's hardon had beeen page 95 buffalo hump had a blonde scalp decorating his tonbacco pipe 

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Jon R. Bauman, for many years an international lawyer, is the author of two nonfiction books; this is his first novel. Mr. Bauman lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Lou.

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