The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 120
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headings, and at the end of each chapter there is a carefully
selected bibliography. In scope, the work is comprehensive and
much of the material is interesting. Although the writer has
stressed the economic development in general and the activity
in the mines in particular, the political and cultural life of the
people has not been neglected. The study is divided into four
parts: The Background of Colorado History; The Pioneer Pe-
riod, 1858-1861; The Territorial Period, 1861-1876; and finally,
The State of Colorado, 1876-.
In the opinion of the reviewer, the careful reader is likely to
be more impressed by the objectionable features of this work
than by the good ones. The writer's sense of proportion seems
to have been distorted because of materials of personal or local
interest. While only 52 of the 491 pages of textual and biblio-
graphical materials are allotted to the territorial period, such
things as the legend of Manitou (pp. 36-39), the Sand Creek
Affair (pp. 205-208), and the construction of the Denver and
Rio Grande Railroad (pp. 215-220) have received more space
than their relative importance justifies.
A careful review of this book reveals a few historical errors.
Two such errors are found in the writer's efforts to locate the
Arapahoe and Cheyenne reservation established by the treaty
of Fort Wise, February 18, 1861. In his first reference to this
reservation the writer says it was located in "the region south
of the Arkansas and east of the Purgatory River" (p. 51). In
a subsequent reference to the same reservation he states: "This
triangle-shaped reservation had for its northeast side, Big
Sandy Creek, and for its southeast side, the Purgatoire River,
and for its base a straight line about ten miles west of the
104th meridian" (p. 203). According to the terms of the Treaty
of Fort Wise no part of the reservation lay in "the region south
of the Arkansas and east of the Purgatory River." Further-
more, the only part of the southeastern boundary that lay along
the Purgatory was that short stretch between the Arkansas and
thirty-eight degrees north latitude which, at that time, marked
the northern boundary of the Territory of New Mexico. (Charles
J. Kappler, Indian Affairs, Laws and Treaties, II, 614.) The
writer is also inconsistent in his spelling: In one place he wrote
"Purgatory River" (p. 51) and in another, "Purgatoire River"
(p. 203). Another example of the writer's inconsistency in
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