University of Arizona

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Special Collections will close at 12 pm on Monday, December 5th for the event Satellites: bringing an astronomy archive to the stage.

Account of Early Incidents Connected with the Peralta Grant

Cover Page of "Account of Early Incidents Connected with the Peralta Grant"

James Addison Reavis (1843-1914) was a swindler and forger, famous for attempting to fraudulently obtain 7,500 sq. miles of Arizona Territory by falsifying documents in Mexico and Spain to show a Spanish land grant to Don Miguel Peralta in 1748. 

This collection contains a photocopy of a typescript related to Reavis’ version of events surrounding the Peralta land grant claim. This text was reproduced in The Peralta Grant; James Addison Reavis and the Barony of Arizona published by University of Oklahoma Press in 1960.