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Map 1: Northern provinces of New Spain.[Map 1] with link to larger version of map.
(Reprinted from Alfonzo Ortiz, Handbook of North American Indians, Vol. 9, Southwest [Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press] 190, by permission of the publisher. Copyright 1979)


Questions for Map 1

1. Locate the town of Santa Fe, the capital of Spanish New Mexico (called Nuevo Mexico on the map) after 1610. Chihuahua was the closest government center and source of supplies. Use the scale to estimate the distance between Santa Fe and Chihuahua. How do you think this distance would have affected a new settlement?

2. Find the Rio Grande, which runs from the Gulf of Mexico through El Paso north into Colorado. The first Spanish settlers came up the river from the south. Why do you think they followed the river?

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