A Won­der­ful Blend Of Cul­tures

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - —New Mexico — -

There is a small vil­lage just south of Las Cruces, New Mex­ico and north of El Paso, Texas, that most tourists pass by. Mesilla or the ‘Lit­tle Ta­ble’ was orig­i­nally part of the Span­ish Im­pe­rial Em­pire, or the Viceroy­alty of Nuevo Spain. Us­ing the slo­gan ‘Gold, Glory and God’, Spain had built an em­pire that ex­tended north into what we now re­fer to as the South­ern United States. The Fran­cis­can Fri­ars built twen­tysix Catholic mis­sions through­out New Mex­ico, con­vert­ing the lo­cal Apache, Navajo and Pue­blo In­di­ans to Chris­tian­ity and es­tab­lish­ing Span­ish con­trol.

Mesilla proved to be an ideal lo­ca­tion along the Rio Grande River, and con­nected to the El Camino Real, or Royal Road, run­ning from Mex­ico

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