Near Socorro in Socorro County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Women of the Camino Real
Front of Marker
In 1598 the first Spanish settlers in New Mexico traveled up the Camino Real from north-central Mexico. Of the 560 people so far identified on that expedition, at least 20 percent were women. They came on foot, on wagons or horseback, and were the first of thousands of women who suffered the arduous journey traveling back and forth, sometimes more than once, on the trail.
Rear of Marker
The legacy of these women is evident from place names, communities like Socorro, which bear their names. Some women came as heads-of-households while others followed their husbands and families. Some even came as slaves. They all played an important role in expanding and colonizing New Mexico. Women defined the culture, history and traditions of New Mexico throughout the 17th and 18th centuries.
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • Women. In addition, it is included in the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, and the New Mexico Women’s Historic Marker Initiative series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1598.
Location. 33° 37.28′ N, 107° 8.254′ W. Marker is near Socorro, New Mexico, in Socorro County. Marker is on Interstate 25 at milepost 114, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in the northbound rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Socorro NM 87801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Paraje De Fra Cristobal (here, next to this marker); Fort Craig (within shouting distance of this marker); Vásquez de Coronado’s Route (within shouting distance of this marker); Paraje de Fra Cristobal (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Espejo's Expedition (about 600 feet away); Fort Craig Rest Area (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Craig (approx. 7.2 miles away); In Memory of Texas Mounted Volunteers (approx. 10.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Socorro.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 581 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.