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Spanish Land Grant Claims

Identifier: AC 565

Scope and Content

This collection contains published United States Senate documents concerning land grant claims from Spanish settlers, their heirs or descendants that were established when Spain held the land. After New Mexico became part of the United States, the Surveyor-General of the United States was responsible for reviewing claims and forwarding recommendations to the U. S. Senate. Cases in the collection only address a limited number of New Mexico claims from the 1880s.


  • 1881-1888

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Information

Much of the land in New Mexico was held by Spanish settlers under Spanish Land Grants from the 1700’s. When the U. S. gained control of New Mexico in 1848, it generally accepted those grants. Problems with the ownership of the grant lands required documentation from the claimants or objectors to validate the grants. The Surveyor-General of the U. S. assembled the relevant documents, reviewed them and then submitted recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior, who in turn transmitted them to the U. S. Senate, who then published these preliminary documents.


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Finding Aid of the Spanish Land Grant Claims, 1881-1888
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© 2014
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090