The nucleus of New Mexico's tragedies and triumphs, the Palace of the Governors remains shadowed in mystery¦. The adobe structure loomed over 300 years as a state residence and capitol, jail, fortress, military chapel, library, art gallery, art studio, pueblo, marketplace and finally museum. It set the stage for revolving governments and territories, adapting and changing to reflect the culture in power.
Reproductions of old maps, drawings, and photos of archaeological digs are sprinkled throughout the book. Historic documentation and timelines help put New Mexico's past into perspective.