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November 2, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts
251 Main St. SE

Los Lunas, NM 87031
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Commerce and Trade Along the Camino Real by Robert J. Torrez

Saturday, November 2, 2019

For more than two centuries the camino real was New Mexico's principal line of communication with the centers of government and commerce in Mexico, and subsequently, with Spain. Everything New Mexicans needed and could not produce locally had to be transported over this vital link to the outside world. This presentation will review how the caravans were organized, what goods were transported to and from New Mexico and how this famous route was described in the years just before the railroad arrived (which included descriptions of Los Lunas and Belen in 1876).

Robert J. Tórrez was born and raised in northern New Mexico. He received his undergraduate and graduate education at New Mexico Highlands and UNM and served as the New Mexico State Historian from 1987 until his retirement in December 2000. In addition to the three hundred columns he has published under his “Voices From the Past” byline in Round the Roundhouse he is the author of dozens of scholarly and popular articles in regional and national publications and has contributed to nearly two dozen anthologies, including a recent New Mexico history textbook for use in New Mexico schools. He has a special interest in the judicial systems of Spanish, Mexican, and Territorial-era New Mexico, Spanish - Indian relations, and land grant issues. He is an award-winning author of UFOs Over Galisteo; New Mexico in 1876-1877: A Newspaperman’s View; Rio Arriba, A New Mexico County (with co-author Robert Trapp); Myth of the Hanging Tree: Stories of Crime and Punishment in Territorial New Mexico; and Voices From the Past: The Comanche Raid of 1776 and Other Tales of New Mexico History.