On August 11, 1997, Publisher’s Weekly announced that Josefina Montoya, the latest American Girl in the Pleasant Company collection of historical dolls, would debut in September. Maria Josefina Montoya is a nine-year old Hispanic girl living in northern New Mexico in 1824. Josefina and her three sisters live on a rancho near Santa Fe, and are adjusting to life after the death of their mother. Author Valerie Tripp wrote the accompanying books, and extensively researched the history of New Mexico during that time period.
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