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To the End of the Earth: A History of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico

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In 1981, while working as New Mexico State Historian, Stanley M. Hordes began to hear stories of Hispanos who lit candles on Friday night and abstained from eating pork. Puzzling over the matter, Hordes realized that these practices might very well have been passed down through the centuries from early crypto-Jewish settlers in New Spain. After extensive research and hundr ...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Columbia University Press (first published 2005)
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Martin
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My family comes from southern Colorado, the San Luis Valley (culturally the same as northern New Mexico), and are the type of Chicano sometimes called ‘manitos’ by people in southern New Mexico. (I’m told that the first indicator of being a manito is if you call shortbread cookies with anise seed ‘biscochitos’ rather than ‘biscochos’.) I’ve spent a lot of time in the cemeteries in Conejos County, CO, and I am familiar with many of the surnames discussed in this book, and have seen several tombst ...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The author is an authority on the history of the crypto-Jews in New Mexico and presents his research, taken from many primary sources, of these people in Spain during the Inquisition, Mexico and New Mexico in a very readable format. The notes and bibliography alone make this book a valuable reference to refer to again and again. There are also genealogical references which could prove valuable to Hispanic families who believe their lineage stemed from crypto-Jews.

David
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
A well-researched history of the Jews who let Spain and Portugal after the start of the Inquisition to settle in Mexico and New Mexico. The last two chapters about their modern day descendants made me curious about the hidden and forgotten practices of the Hispanic "conversos" of the Land of Enchantment.
Stephen Selbst
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this interesting book, Stanley Hordes explores whether remnants of a "crypto-Jewish" culture, originally imported by Spanish settlers, continues to exist in New Mexico. Although scholars dispute the existence and depth of such a sub-culture, and the evidence is admittedly thin, Hordes makes a persuasive case that some of New Mexico's earliest settlers were crypto-Jews, and that traces of that culture are part of the mix that shaped its history.

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Diana Rendon
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very well documented. The research is fantastic. Hordes was New Mexico's State Historian and started to hear about Sephardic Jews' descendants living among the people of New Mexico. He delves into an almost unknown history of the Hispanics of New Mexico and their ancestors' incredible journeys into the untamed lands of New Mexico. The long arm of the Spanish Inquisition manages to demand the return of some to be tried as Judaizers. But because of the distance many more survived. Many New Mexican ...more
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