During the Spanish colonial period in America, royal roads tied far-flung regions with Mexico City. Over this road, with its 2,500-mile route of ever-changing new roadways and trails, came settlers, missionaries, and soldiers who populated the settlements, missions, and presidios of East Texas and Northwest Louisiana.
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Did You Know?
Journals kept by early travelers on El Camino Real de los Tejas, a national historic trail, contain a wealth of information about the indigenous people they encountered, as well as the landscape, topography, plants, and animals. The Spaniards assigned place names to rivers, crossings, and campsites.