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Through Our Unknown Southwest   By: (1871-1936)

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Through Our Unknown Southwest by Agnes C. Laut is a remarkable piece of work that takes readers on an immersive journey into the uncharted regions of the American Southwest. Laut’s exceptional storytelling skills and thorough research allow readers to experience the awe-inspiring landscapes, rich history, and diverse cultures that make this region truly unique.

One of the book’s greatest strengths is its vivid descriptions of the landscapes. Laut’s writing transports readers to the vast deserts, towering cliffs, and winding canyons that dominate the Southwest. Her attention to detail in describing the natural wonders is so vivid that one can almost feel the heat of the sun, smell the desert air, and hear the whispering winds. This immersive experience creates a connection between the reader and the Southwest, allowing them to appreciate the grandeur and beauty of these untouched territories.

Furthermore, Laut delves deep into the history of the Southwest, providing a comprehensive exploration of how it came to be. From the ancient Native American civilizations to the Spanish explorers and American pioneers, she weaves a narrative that brings the past to life. The author’s meticulous research is evident in the wealth of historical information found within the pages of this book. She effortlessly combines facts with engaging anecdotes, making the history accessible and fascinating for both history enthusiasts and casual readers.

In addition to the landscapes and history, Laut also highlights the diverse cultures that have shaped the Southwest. She provides an in-depth analysis of the Native American tribes, their traditions, and their interactions with European settlers. The author’s respect for these cultures is evident as she portrays them with great empathy, avoiding the common stereotypes and misconceptions that often plague literature dealing with Indigenous people. Through her writing, Laut encourages readers to appreciate and respect the tapestry of cultures that thrive in this region.

While Through Our Unknown Southwest is an invaluable resource for those interested in the American Southwest, it also offers a captivating narrative that keeps readers engaged from start to finish. Laut’s prose is engaging and flows seamlessly, making it easy to lose oneself in the story. Whether describing the challenges faced by early settlers or the mysteries surrounding ancient civilizations, she captures the reader’s attention and sparks curiosity.

In conclusion, Through Our Unknown Southwest is an exceptional book that captivates readers with its vivid descriptions, rich historical content, and appreciation for diverse cultures. Agnes C. Laut’s passion for the subject matter is evident throughout, creating an immersive experience that both educates and entertains. Anyone with an interest in the American Southwest will find this book to be a valuable addition to their library.

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[Illustration: Montezuma's Castle, the ruined cliff dwelling on Beaver Creek between the Coconino and Prescott National Forests, Arizona]

THROUGH OUR UNKNOWN SOUTHWEST

THE WONDERLAND OF THE UNITED STATES LITTLE KNOWN AND UNAPPRECIATED THE HOME OF THE CLIFF DWELLER AND THE HOPI, THE FOREST RANGER AND THE NAVAJO, THE LURE OF THE PAINTED DESERT

BY

AGNES C. LAUT

Author of The Conquest of the Great Northwest , Lords of the North and Freebooters of the Wilderness

NEW YORK McBRIDE, NAST & COMPANY 1913

COPYRIGHT, 1913, BY MCBRIDE, NAST & CO.

Second Printing October, 1913

Published May, 1913

CONTENTS

PAGE INTRODUCTION i

I THE NATIONAL FORESTS 1

II NATIONAL FORESTS OF THE SOUTHWEST 22

III THROUGH THE PECOS FORESTS 44

IV THE CITY OF THE DEAD 60

V THE ENCHANTED MESA OF ACOMA 78

VI ACROSS THE PAINTED DESERT 100

VII ACROSS THE PAINTED DESERT ( continued ) 116

VIII GRAND CAÑON AND THE PETRIFIED FORESTS 137

IX THE GOVERNOR'S PALACE OF SANTA FE 153

X THE GOVERNOR'S PALACE ( continued ) 169

XI TAOS, THE PROMISED LAND 183

XII TAOS, THE MOST ANCIENT CITY IN AMERICA 196

XIII SAN ANTONIO, THE CAIRO OF AMERICA 214

XIV CASA GRANDE AND THE GILA 226

XV SAN XAVIER DEL BAC MISSION 251

THE ILLUSTRATIONS

Cliff dwelling ruins, known as Montezuma Castle, Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

South House of Frijoles Cañon ii

Indian woman making pottery xii

Indian girl of Isleta, N... Continue reading book >>




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