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Aug 1, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Friends of History Lecture Series
Spanish Colonial Women and the Law: Complaints, Lawsuits and Criminal Behavior

New Mexico History Museum

Women in early eighteenth century Spanish Colonial New Mexico had rights and privileges that were not enjoyed by other women in North America until the late nineteenth century. Under Spanish law women were considered separate entities and valuable members of Spanish society. Dr. Tigges’s lecture will show that they could own property, inherit in their own name, and act as court witnesses. In particular, they could make accusations and denunciations to the local alcalde mayor and governor, which they frequently did.  In doing so, these Spanish colonial women provided an important legacy for future generations.


Linda Tigges, PhD. is an author and retired land planner.  While working for the City of Santa Fe in the 1980s and 1990s, she assisted in drafting the City’s Archaeological Review Committee ordinance and amendments to the Historic District Ordinance, and staffed both groups.  She also prepared City publications on architectural history, the plaza, acequias and neighborhoods.  In addition, she worked on development review for master plans and annexation applications. As a private sector land planner in the 1980s and 1900s, her work included preparing archival reports for the Archaeological Review Committee and neighborhood and land planning.

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