Santa Fe: A Narrative Analysis

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Ever since the railroad expansion came to the Southwest, it gave easy access to many people, including attraction of new businesses. Santa Fe came in 1877, and turn northeastern part of New Mexico in a modern paradise, by attracting settlers, miners and ranchers (Lamar, 153). By 1880, Santa Fe joined Southern Pacific railroad, therefore several towns and property values went up. The cattle business expanded dramatically and more than fifty charter banks went up ever since the Santa Fe railroad was built (Lamar, 154). The Sonoran railroad completed in 1882, paved the way for new beginning for southern Arizona, due to mostly being isolated from other states. Sonoran railroad also established transportation of U.S. troops that turned the tide…show more content…
soldier, explorer, ethnographer, and a geographer established a map and explored the Southwest, most famous is his exploration of the Colorado River. The government needed to survey the Southwest to expand their train routes and as well to find insight in the land geology for farm expansion. Water was an important part in the Southwest, as Powell found several ideas for the homestead model of settlement by adapting to watersheds and focusing on irrigation control for agriculture. Building canals and reservoirs was a key factor in watersheds, but first the government need to survey the land to establish potential value of the land. To distribute information to the public regarding the value of the land, Powell was negatively cutting out Capitalist. Powell also cut out timber interest, by suggesting that the government should held forestry land, but managed by communities. Developers were also in disadvantage, by Powell suggesting that land should be denied entry until fully surveyed and described (Hutchinson, cosmosclub). John Wesley Powell views and ideas on land conservation and the lack of water for agriculture were ignored, because of government politicians greed in cashing out on high-value

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