• Two-wheeled carretas carried goods up El Camino from Mexico City in 1598; walking the trail in the Jornada del Muerto, a scorching 90-mile stretch of El Camino wherein colonists had to leave the cool Rio Grande to continue their journey north

    El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

    National Historic Trail NM,TX

The Pueblo of Pojoaque

The Pueblo of Pojoaque was one of 19 pueblos in New Mexico that was influenced and impacted by the Spaniards who traveled up El Camino Real starting in 1598. Get a glimpse into some of the interactions and outcomes between two very different cultures.

 
Confluence of Trade

Confluence of Trade
Precontact: Trade amongst pueblo people provided materials for everyday life. Some goods contributed to basic needs while other items enhanced ceremonial pageantry.
(1.5 MG pdf)

 
Road to Revolt

The Road to Revolt
Contact: The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 is one of the few times in American history that Indians defeated their European oppressors. (552 KB pdf)

 
Cultures Merge

Cultures Merge
Today: How do opposing cultures make it through generations of strife? How does the Pueblo of Pojoaque function today?
(1 MG pdf)

Did You Know?

Traces of a dirt road, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, stretch across a southern New Mexico desert landscape

The dreaded Jornada del Muerto is a 90-mile stretch of almost waterless desert on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro in present-day New Mexico. In the 1600 and 1700s, Spanish trade and supply caravans traveling the road between Mexico City and Santa Fe would move through this section at night.