Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
In 1827 Antonio Armijo traveled northwest up the Rio Chama through Colorado, Utah and Nevada before crossing the Mojave Desert into southern California. En route he documented numerous spring-fed meadows that would become the site of today's Las Vegas, Nevada. Armijo thus opened a trading route from New Mexico to California, New Mexicans used Armijo's route to trade woolen cloth and sheep in California for horses and mules to pull wagons on the Santa Fe Trail. Most of the early “Missouri mules" were actually foaled on California ranchos. The Chihuahua and Santa Fe Trails as well as the "Old Spanish Trail" (that included Armijo's route) all met in Santa Fe. In the early 19th century Santa Fe was an important juncture in this international trade network. Antonio Santistevan used a more passable route to California as early as 1828. The first overland Anglo passage to California occurred in 1830-31.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1827.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1777 (here, next to this marker); 1712 (here, next to this marker); 1788 (here, next to this marker); 1850 (here, next to this marker); 1848 (here, next to this marker); 1630 (here, next to this marker); 1998 (here, next to this marker); Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 23, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.