Still the least understood theater of the Civil War, the southwest borderlands saw not only Union and Confederate forces clashing but also American Indians, Hispanos, and Anglos struggling for survival, power, and dominance on both sides of the border. When the fighting was over, a new power hierarchy had emerged. Relations between the region’s inhabitants, and their nations, had forever changed. Dr. Andrew Masich of the Senator John Heinz History Center offers a cohesive framework for understanding this power shift while demonstrating the importance of transnational and multicultural views of the Civil War and the borderlands.
Our state’s natural beauty lends itself to a diverse array of stories. The people, places and objects of history enliven our understanding of what it means to be a Coloradan. Whether you live in an urban setting or hail from a rural burg in our stunning prairies or mountain landscapes, we all share a common heritage. Natives and newcomers alike can always learn something new in this series, an assortment of topics that exemplifies a potpourri of history.