Title

El Camino Real: commercial trade route to Santa Fe

Authors

Jodi Harrison

Date

5-31-2018 1:15 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 1:30 PM

Location

WUC Columbia Room

Session Chair

Kimberly Jensen

Session Title

History Department Senior Capstone Presentations

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

John Rector, Elizabeth Swedo

Abstract

The Royal Road of the Interior Land served as the sole trade and supply route to the frontier regions of New Spain for the better part of three centuries. The 18th century mission colony of Santa Fe was the northern terminus of El Camino Real. Caravan trade parties that traveled the near 1,600-mile route were the only means for buying and selling goods in Santa Fe. Native laborers were the backbone of the self-sustaining colony and manufactured numerous trade exports. The combination of Native American contributions and merchant trade on El Camino Real were the reasons for Santa Fe’s ultimate survival as a permanent settlement. I will be examining letters by two 18th century governors of New Mexico that provide requests and information on supplies needed to be sent overland for mission upkeep. Additionally, colonial era textiles provide an insightful example of commodities produced by Pueblo artisans for trade and purchase of needed imports. Sources from the Spanish and the natives provide some balance in contextualizing trade on El Camino Real.

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
May 31st, 1:15 PM May 31st, 1:30 PM

El Camino Real: commercial trade route to Santa Fe

WUC Columbia Room

The Royal Road of the Interior Land served as the sole trade and supply route to the frontier regions of New Spain for the better part of three centuries. The 18th century mission colony of Santa Fe was the northern terminus of El Camino Real. Caravan trade parties that traveled the near 1,600-mile route were the only means for buying and selling goods in Santa Fe. Native laborers were the backbone of the self-sustaining colony and manufactured numerous trade exports. The combination of Native American contributions and merchant trade on El Camino Real were the reasons for Santa Fe’s ultimate survival as a permanent settlement. I will be examining letters by two 18th century governors of New Mexico that provide requests and information on supplies needed to be sent overland for mission upkeep. Additionally, colonial era textiles provide an insightful example of commodities produced by Pueblo artisans for trade and purchase of needed imports. Sources from the Spanish and the natives provide some balance in contextualizing trade on El Camino Real.