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Trail Dust: Efforts at Santa Fe-Sonora trade route now forgotten

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Marc Simmons

Trail Dust

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 5:22 pm | Updated: 7:09 pm, Fri Jun 13, 2014.

There is a little-known story in the history of colonial New Mexico that I’ve long found fascinating. It concerns Spanish attempts to open a direct road between Santa Fe and the province of Sonora, which lies just below today’s Arizona.

Sonora was founded in the early 1640s, when New Mexico was already a flourishing realm on the Spanish frontier. In 1644, the Sonoran governor, Don Pedro de Perea, traveled to Santa Fe to recruit colonists to settle and serve in his jurisdiction.

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