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The Royal Road: El Camino Real from Mexico City to Santa Fe

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In 1598 the conquistador Juan de Oñate led the first permanent European settlers to what would become the United States, traveling from Mexico along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Royal Road of the Interior. In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of this arduous journey, the husband-and-wife author/photographer team of Douglas and Christine Preston, seasoned trav

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Paperback, 178 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by University of New Mexico Press
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Patrick Gibson
Jan 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: casual history aficionados
Douglas Preston and his wife travel el Camino Real (the good parts) by car, foot at horse. It’s a difficult journey because so much of the original Trail lies under I-25. Yet parts of the land containing sections of the Trail still exist in pristine condition. This is a coffee table book touching only lightly on the history of the original pioneer families (thank you), the hardships of travel in 1585 (could have used more) and the political/socioeconomic reasons for the Trail. The photos are ter ...more
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