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What's New • February 2009
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New Mexico in Conflict

TaosNew Mexico Through the Ages, September 27–October 4, 2009, is about the attempts of various contending cultures to dominate the native landscape. It is also about economic competition, factionalism, conquest, and defeat. The tour starts with the struggles of the Pueblo Indians to survive as the Mexican and American pioneers move north and west. In addition, the tour features visits to Mexican War battlefields and a study of the failed Confederate attempt at Southwest expansion. Beyond military history, New Mexico is a struggle between classes for economic control, as evidenced by the famous Lincoln County Wars featuring the likes of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. Finally you will have the rare opportunity to visit the Trinity Site, where in 1945 the first atomic bomb was tested. This is arguably the most significant 20th-century historic site in the United States.

Call now (800-628-8542) to learn more about, or to register for, this one-of-a-kind trip through the fascinating history of New Mexico in conflict.


Travels with Neil!

MangumTravel with Neil Mangum is a very special privilege which is attested to by HistoryAmerica travelers. When you read evaluations of his tours you need no other recommendation. This could be your only opportunity to travel through New Mexico's history with this very popular historian guide. New Mexico Through the Ages: Five Centuries of Conflict is a new tour designed by Neil especially for HistoryAmerica and will be one of the last three tours given by the company.

Read the responses to our request for tour evaluations below and then give us a call at 800-628-8542 to sign up for this special learning vacation.

  • John Swokla, Bayonne, NJ: "Neil was fabulous! This was the first time I was on a tour with him and it won't be the last. He has so much knowledge to share, he is so down to earth and funny, a great asset to HistoryAmerica." Apache Wars 2007
  • Karl Fredericks, Ft. Meyers, FL: "Neil is simply one of the best. A very knowledgeable historian, personable and able to communicate his material very well." Custer and Crazy Horse 2007
  • Bill Hubbert, Covina, CA: "Neil Mangum is the best. I can't say enough good things about him."
  • Rich Bernal, Burlingame, CA: "Like Ed Bearss, Neil takes you to places others wouldn't. He knows events, the land, and the people thoroughly...and he has a great sense of humor!" Bad Hand Mackenzie 2008


BombThe Trinity Site

The Trinity Site, on what is now the White Sands Missile Range, is the location of the first atomic bomb test on July 16, 1945. This bomb was an implosion design similar to the Fat Man bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945. The Trinity detonation was the equivalent of an explosion of approximately 20 kilotons of TNT and is considered the beginning of the Atomic Age. All life on earth has been affected by the event that took place here. This site is only open twice a year. What an exceptional opportunity for HistoryAmerica clients who are on the tour New Mexico Through the Ages: Five Centuries of Conflict.


HistoryAmerica News Bits


  • There are still some openings on Historic Texas: The Alamo to LBJ, April 2-10. You only have a few weeks before reservations on this tour close. Bearss fans know that a tour with Ed is an opportunity that shouldn't be missed. Call 800-628-8542.
  • Georgia and Michael O'Connor just returned from a week long Rotary trip to Suriname. They had a wonderful time and were particularly impressed with two things about the country, the complete blending of the races and the peaceful acceptance of every religion. The mosque and the synagogue are next door to each other and the men stand outside together and smoke during Saturday breaks in services. Also, the people at the synagogue are invited to park in the mosque parking lot on days when there are not Moslem services.
        Historic note: The Dutch traded Manhattan Island to the English for Suriname in 1667. Probably not the best trade in the history of the Netherlands!
  • HistoryAmerica urges you to sign up early for New Mexico Through the Ages because our wonderful historian, Neil Mangum, needs to know by May 15, if there are not enough reservations to run the tour.


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