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  • Claiming the Desert: Settlers, Homesteaders and Ranchers in Oro Valley, Arizona, 1865–1965 by James A. Williams
Claiming the Desert: Settlers, Homesteaders and Ranchers in Oro Valley, Arizona, 1865–1965. By James A. Williams. (2018. Pp. 195. $14.99 paper)

Claiming the Desert explores the challenges early non-Native settlers faced when they chose the "relatively inhospitable" Oro Valley, Arizona, as their home. Despite the harsh climate, barren landscape, and isolation, these early settlers constructed schools and roads, grew citrus, and [End Page 259] raised cattle, creating the foundation for the suburban landscape of Oro Valley today. Divided into three sections, Claiming the Desert provides an overview of early settlement in 1865, big ranchers (1930–1965), and suburban development in the second half of the twentieth century. Beyond describing homesteading in the desert, Williams profiles the experiences of women and Hispanic settlers, paying close attention to conflict surrounding landownership. Claiming the Desert is a fascinating local history of the greater Tucson area. [End Page 260]

Additional Information

ISSN
2689-3908
Print ISSN
0021-9053
Pages
259-260
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-02
Open Access
No
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