A map of Colorado Land Grants given by the Mexican Government before the Mexican-American War. The grants listed include the Conejos Grant, the Sangre de Cristo Grant, the Baca Grant, the St. Vrain Grant, and others.

Upcoming Exhibition

More Than Place: Colorado, Women, and Land

The land now known as Colorado has been the traditional homeland of Indigenous peoples since time immemorial. Forty-eight contemporary tribes, including members of the Cheyenne, Ute and Arapaho tribes, and many others still live here today. Through Mexican Land Grants, the Homestead Act, and numerous treaties, boundaries were drawn, and land was distributed to women across Colorado. While land acquisition gave some women power over economic status and provided some degree of independence, it often came at a price for Indigenous populations. Colorado and the American West was not a “wide-open space ready for the taking.”