Date of Award
Campus Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis uses geographical information systems (GIS) to explore the environmental and social factors that influenced where the early Spanish colonists settled on the New Mexican landscape. This time-period has been under researched by both historians and archaeologists and as a result, little is known about the Spanish colonists who settled in New Mexico. Presently, there are only twelve rural settlements, referred to as estancias, that have been identified through archaeological excavations. Using spatial analyses available in ArcGIS to explore the social and environmental factors will provide a better understanding of the resources that were necessary for the colonists to have access to when selecting a location to settle.
Hallinan, Stephanie, "Exploring the Social and Environmental Conditions of 17th-Century Estancias in New Mexico" (2019). Graduate Masters Theses. 555.