The road more traveled
Once upon a time — during the 1600s, 1700s, and well into the 1800s — people undertook six-month journeys between Mexico City, the seat of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, and its northern frontier, Santa Fe. Traveling by caravan along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro— the Royal Road of the Interior— was a long, hard trek, but those who settled in Santa Fe weren’t about to limit themselves to strictly practical possessions. Besides livestock and tools, they brought olive oil, chocolate, pearls, Mexican mayólica, Ming Dynasty china, and gold.
“Luxury Goods Transported Over the Camino Real” is the subject of a free lecture by Cordelia Thomas Snow, a historic-sites archaeologist, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in the auditorium of the New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave. Snow, an authority on the Spanish missions of New Mexico, directed excavations within the Palace of the Governors from 1974 to 1975.
Her lecture is one of a series planned this winter and spring by the committee working on the celebration of Santa Fe’s 400th anniversary. Call 476-5200.