September 30, 2000
All that stuff is pretty important to our day-to-day lives. Land gives us life's essential elements -- food, shelter and water. And land is why people have moved around since the beginning of time. People want more fields to farm, more mines for minerals, more places for homes, more acres to raise animals and more space to relax and have fun.
Now think about a time before the United States of America existed, around the 16th century. The land, of course, was here, but only the Native Americans lived on it. They were spread out across the continent, and lived in many tribes, spoke many languages and created many different traditions. At same exact time, the small continent of Europe was crowded!
When America was discovered by Europeans, they decided to send people across the Atlantic Ocean, to live on these lands.
Spain established the colony in Santa Fe, by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado. Along the way, religious missionaries traveling with him tried to convert Native Americans to Christianity. The results are seen throughout New Mexico today.
Contemporary Santa Fe provided Daphne and Steph with the most interesting blend of cultures they had seen yet! The Spanish/Mexican and Native American cultures dominate Anglo culture here: even European Americans live in adobe houses near Spanish-style cathedrals and eat green chili for breakfast!
Thanks to the National Park Service for providing the quoted material in parts of this dispatch.
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