7/13/08

The Spanish Trail


Old Spanish Trail.
The Old Spanish Trail is a historic trade route which connected the northern New Mexican settlement of Santa Fé with that of Los Ángeles in California. Approximately 1,200 miles (2,000 km) long, it ran though areas of high mountains, arid deserts, and deep canyons. Explored by European travelers as early as 1776, the Trail saw extensive use by pack trains from about 1829 until the mid-1850s.
The name of the trail comes from the publication of John C. Fremont’s Report of his 1844 journey for the U.S. Topographical Corps. The name is presumable derived from the ancestry of the trail's founder Antonio Armijo. With the political climinate in Washington marked by a zeal for Manifest Destiny, Freemont's report created a sensation. However, http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifthis trail is remarkable primarily to New Mexican history, because it established a trade route with California and International markets.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Spanish_Trail_(trade_route)