The road more trav­eled

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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.

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