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The establishment of the area by the "Empires of Europe" began with Spain coming to this area to find minerals and convert Indians to Christianity. In early 1500's, they migrated into what is now Mexico and established settlements. The furthest outposts were in ABQ/SAnta Fe areas. Citizens were offered land grants if they would settle and farm or raise cattle. Many did not make it well in the new country, but were unable to turn back, so had to tough it out. They got protection from soldiers, but also had to create their own militia to defend their homesteads.
Navajo Indian pueblos are all around the area, with maybe 20+ tribe factions settled on the land that is their reservation designated for them after the migration of the white people coming west. They learned to try and live off the land, but also needed much subsistence over the years, and it continues. Kivas were used for tribal ceremonies and meetings of the people for important events and decisions regarding the settlement, or punishments for violators of culture issues.
The mountain range stretches about 20 miles on the east side of the city. Not much development has taken place into the mountains, but to say the least, it abuts right to the foothills and surrounds the beauty of the mountains. The range is rugged in many places, and also approachable in other areas.
- Pros:Scenery around the city is worth viewing
- Cons:Windy and traffic jams are too much to baer
- In a nutshell:Large and expansive with too much traffic
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