A Wonderful Blend Of Cultures
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