Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Book


Once, thriving Native American trade communities of Tiwa and Tompiro language-speaking Puebloans inhabited this remote frontier area of central New Mexico. Early in the 17th century Spanish Franciscans found the area ripe for their missionary efforts. However, by the late 1670s the entire Salinas District, as the Spanish had named it, was depopulated of both Indians and Spaniards. What remains today are austere yet beautiful reminders of this earliest contact between Pueblo Indians and Spanish Colonials: the ruins of three mission churches, at Quarai, Abo, and Gran Quivira and the partially excavated pueblo of Las Humanas or, as it is known today, the Gran Quivira pueblo. Learn about the remarkable human story of the Estancia Basin of New Mexico and the drama that unfolded in the seventeenth century, when the expanding empire of Spain reached these peaceful Indian towns. 72 pages.

  • By Dan Murphy
  • Paper
  • Trim size: 7.5" x 8.5"
  • ISBN: 978-0911408980
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