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Historical Context

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Locating the Site

Map 2: Spanish settlement in New Mexico, 1769.[Map 2] with link to larger version of map.
(Library of Congress)

Questions for Map 2

1. Find Santa Fe (marked S. Feé) on Map 2. The larger symbols on the map represent Spanish towns. The smaller ones are missions, usually located at Indian pueblos. Why do you think most of these settlements are so close to the river?

2. Locate the green/red line running somewhat between the two large rivers. What does this line indicate? If needed, refer to Map 1 to help answer this question.

3. Find the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, running north and south to the east of Santa Fe. What effect to you think the mountains would have had on settlement?

4. Study the map closely. Find the Pecos (marked R. del Pecho) and Mora rivers. Non-Indian settlers did not move into these river valleys until the second quarter of the 19th century. What can you identify that might explain why settlement in these areas came so late?

* The map on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Map 2, but be aware that the file may take as much as 55 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



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