Taos Historical Society Lecture: ‘Reflections On Three Trails’

TCHS News:

Taos County Historical Society (TCHS) Zoom Lecture “Reflections on Three Trails” by Rick Hendricks is 2 p.m., April 3.

The Camino Real, the Santa Fe Trail and the Old Spanish Trail are a significant part of New Mexico and Taos history. The Camino Real was extended northward out of New Spain in 1598 by Juan de Onate.

Rick Henrick’s research on the Camino Real focuses upon the period of the Reconquest 1692-1693 through the papers of Governor Diego de Vargas. The advent of Mexican Independence in 1821 coincided with the opening of the Santa Fe Trail and the period 1822-1846 for extensive trade.

In 1829, Antonio Armijo led an expedition from Abiquiu to California and this trail was named the Old Spanish Trail in John C. Fremont’s 1844 published report.

Hendricks, PhD., is the New Mexico State Records Administrator and previously served as State Historian for nine years. His is a former editor of the Vargas Project at UNM and has written extensively on the history of the American Southwest and Mexico.

Contact Paul Figueroa, paulcfigueroa@gmail.com for the log in information.